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Disease, Vaccines, and 
tlie Forgotten History 


Suzanne Humphries, MD 
Roman Bjstrianyk 




Dissolving Illusions 


Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History 
Suzanne Humphries, MD 
and 

Roman Bystrianyk 




STOP THFSLAUGHTE. 

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Puortrii Againsi 
COMPIJLSOPY VACCINAIIO 


© 2013 Suzanne Humphries, MD, and Roman Bystrianyk 
All rights reserved. 


Rally of the Anti-Vaccination League of Canada, Old City Hall 
November 13,1919 
Photographer: William James 
Thanks to the City of Toronto Archives 







Those who have had to take detailed notice of the immunisation accidents of the past few 
years know that to get the truth of what really went wrong generally calls for the resources 

of something like the secret sendee. 

- Charles Cyril Okell, MC, MA, ScD, FRCP, 1938 

Often have I wished that this work, for its own sake and the great issues involved, had been 
in more competent and less occupied hands, but the results of any investigations as to the 
effects of vaccination are given with the fervent hope that at least, they may promote inquiry, 
induce impartial consideration, and elucidate the truth on so important a question affecting 

the public health. 

- J. T. Biggs, Member of the Leicester Town Council and its Sanitary Committee for more than 

22 years. 1912 

The fatal tendency of mankind to leave off thinking about a thing when it is no longer 
doubtful, is the cause of half their errors. 

- John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) 



Authors’ Notes 


The format of this book is somewhat unconventional, as it is filled with many direct quotes from 
a wide variety of historical and medical sources. We decided on this fonnat to give you 
unfiltered information that will help you gain better insight into the true history of disease and 
vaccination. Oftentimes each quote tells a unique, self-contained story that can draw the reality 
of the past into view much better than a distilled summary would. 

The book contains more than 50 graphs that are based on meticulously researched data. Each 
graph lists the references upon which the data is based. The graphs provide—in most cases—a 
never-before-seen view of the history of disease from the 1800s into the 1900s. They provide 
foundational evidence for the points presented in the text. 

The book also includes many photographs extracted from numerous historic sources. Most of the 
photographs are presented with the exact captions that appeared in the original work. 

Throughout the book, bold text indicates something that we think warrants special attention. 

For more information related to the book, please visit www.dissolvingillusions.com . There you 
can see photos, full-color graphs, and other information that appears in this book. 



Dedications 


To Bryan, Kyle, and Dylan, whose entry into this world inspired this investigation, and to 
Meryl, whose steadfast support, help, and love kept this project moving forward. 

- Roman Bystrianyk 

To all who continue to move forward with the Truth, despite tyranny nipping at their heels. 

- Suzanne Humphries, MD 



Acknowledgments 


Foreword: Dr. Jayne L. M. Donegan 
Editor: Jennifer Hutchinson 

Cover Design: Valerie Lovelace, Thunderbunny Designs, www.thunderbunnydesigns.com 
Cover Photo: Arthur Smith, Jr. August 1915 (approximately 1 year after vaccination) 



Special Thanks 


Our thanks go to a great many people, including the following: 

• The staff of the New York Academy of Medicine Rare Book and History of Medicine 
Collections for providing some extremely valuable documents. 

• The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale for its outstanding 
historical books and wealth of statistical information. 

• Gary Null, who inspired Roman to think independently and to “pursue the truth no matter 
where it may take you.” 

• Clifford G. Miller, who supplied some excellent historical documents. 

• John Scudamore for providing some of the original raw mortality data for England and 
Wales. 

• Heather H. Georghiou, a local history librarian, and others at the Newburgh Free Library, 
who helped acquire some historical information. 

• Joseph Lieby for his meticulous research on Arthur Smith Jr. 

• To our many friends who helped make this book into what it is, including Sandy Lefebvre; 
Alisa Hunt, PhD; Marshall P. Johnson; and Robert Mariano. 

• Cindy M. Nicholas, RN, for her outstanding vetting of information and her words of 
wisdom and support. 

• Suzanne’s dear friends Serena and Petros for their wisdom and guidance. 

• Dr. Jennifer Craig and Dr. J. F. for all their invaluable help. 

• J. T. Biggs, whose dedication to public health and dogged pursuit of the truth culminated in 
his 784-page book written in 1912 on the question of vaccination and sanitation. 

• The scientists and researchers who, throughout the years, have done a great deal of 
important work that we were able to reference. 

• The few scientists in academia today who take the risks involved in reporting the truth 
about vaccines and vaccine components. 

• The countless souls who acquired, compiled, and maintained an enormous amount of 
statistical information. 

• Roman’s parents, who were always there when he needed them. 

• Meryl Barr’s seemingly infinite inspiration and support. 

• All parents who dedicate long hours of self-education in order to care for the precious lives 
that have been bestowed upon them. 




Foreword by Dr. Jayne L. M. Donegan 


Vaccination is regarded as the most important health advance in the 20th century by most health 
professionals and laypeople. Although the dramatic decreases in morbidity and mortality from 
diseases that occurred in the course of the 20th century have been credited to the introduction of 
specific vaccines, scant acknowledgment has been given to improving social conditions. 

Despite questioning the safety and efficacy of vaccination by reputable medical men since its 
introduction, debate has been, and is, increasingly discouraged. 

Infonnation published in scientific journals is used to support this position, other views being 
regarded as “unscientific.” 

It was a received “article of faith” for me and my contemporaries, that vaccination was the single 
most useful health intervention that had ever been introduced. Along with all my medical and 
nursing colleagues, I was taught that vaccines were the reason children and adults stopped dying 
from diseases for which there are vaccines. 

We were told that other diseases, such as scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, typhus, typhoid, cholera, 
and so on, for which there are no vaccines at the time, diminished both in incidence and 
mortality (ability to kill) due to better social conditions. 

You would think—as medical students who are supposed to be moderately intelligent—that 
some of us would have asked, “But if deaths from these diseases decreased due to improved 
social conditions, mightn’t the ones for which there are vaccines also have decreased at the same 
time, for the same reason?” But we didn’t. 

The medical curriculum is so overloaded with information that you just have to learn what you 
hear, as you hear it: nonvaccinatable diseases into the social conditions box and vaccinatable 
diseases into the vaccines box and then on to the next subject. 

Everything I was taught and read in textbooks, both before I qualified as a doctor and through all 
my post-graduate training, reinforced this view. 

Along with most doctors, I regarded parents who would not vaccinate their children as ignorant 
or, if not ignorant, sociopathic, for withholding what I believed was a lifesaving intervention and 
putting everybody else at risk by reducing herd immunity. 

Indeed, at special clinics in the 1980s, I used to counsel parents who wouldn’t vaccinate their 
children against whooping cough—which was regarded as the problematic vaccine in those days. 
I acknowledged that there were dangers associated with the vaccine. I was a truthful doctor, but I 
told them the official line: that the disease was 10 times more likely to cause death or disability 
than the vaccine, so any sane person would choose to vaccinate. 



What changed? 


In 1994 there was a massive measles/rubella vaccination campaign in the UK. Seven million 
schoolchildren were vaccinated against measles and rubella to protect them from an epidemic of 
measles, which was said to be imminent. 

In those days, there was only one measles shot in the schedule—it is a live viral vaccine and was 
supposed to be like the wild measles virus. We were told, “One dose and you are immune for 
life.” I did realize that one shot, however, might not protect every child—no vaccine is one 
hundred per cent effective—but the chief medical officer said that even two shots of this “one- 
shot vaccine” would not necessarily protect children when the epidemic came and that they 
would need a third. He also said that the best way to vaccinate children was en masse to “break 
the chain of transmission.” 

This left me in a quandary. Obviously, the risk-to-benefit ratio of the vaccine was in favor of the 
vaccine if it was safer than the disease and if it stopped your child from getting the disease. This 
is what most parents expect to happen and certainly what they are encouraged to believe. 

But if children can have the one-shot vaccine twice and still get the disease so they need to have 
a third shot, this means they can be exposed to all the risks of the vaccine two or three times... 
and at the same time, all the risks of the disease as well. Did I need to reevaluate what I had been 
saying to parents? 

Also, if the best way of “breaking the chain of transmission” of an infectious disease was to 
vaccinate en masse, why did we vaccinate babies with all those different vaccines at two, three, 
and four months of age (UK schedule)? Why didn’t we just wait for two or three years and then 
vaccinate all those who had been born in the interim en masse to break the chain of 
transmission? 

This was the start of my long, slow journey researching vaccination and disease ecology and 
learning about other models and philosophies of health and natural hygiene such as those used by 
the great pioneers who cleaned up our cities and built clean water supplies and sewage systems. 

I spent hours in libraries looking at archived journals and textbooks and the Office for National 
Statistics (ONS) getting out dusty volumes from the middle of the 19th century to make graphs 
of death rates from diseases for which we have vaccines but which, for some reason, have not 
been drawn—or made available to doctors or parents by the ONS or the Department of Health. 

I read what prominent men of science, medical officers for health, and doctors wrote about 
vaccination and its sequelae that never made it into today’s textbooks, and found out what 
anyone with even a passing acquaintance with disease figures of the 19th and 20th century knew. 
For example, by the 1950s when the whooping cough vaccine was introduced, data showed that 
whooping cough was killing only 1 percent of the numbers of people who used to die in England 
and Wales 50 years before. 

Official data showed that the same happened with measles. Indeed, when the measles vaccine 
was introduced to the UK in 1968, the death rate continued to drop steadily, even though the 
initial uptake of the vaccine was only 30 percent and didn’t get above 50 percent until the 1980s. 



Even the much-heralded success story of smallpox vaccination was not what it seemed. The 
enforcement of the compulsory smallpox vaccination law in 1867, when the death rate was 
already falling, was accompanied by an increase in the deaths from 100 to 400 deaths per 
million. 

After overcoming an awful lot of fear, I came to the gradual realization that it was true what 
people on the outside had been telling me, that “health is the only immunity.” We don’t need 
protecting from out there. 

We get infectious diseases when our bodies need to have a periodic cleanout. Children, 
especially, benefit from childhood spotty rashes, or “exanthems” as they are called, at 
appropriate times in order to make developmental leaps, so long as they are treated appropriately. 
In my experience, the worst complications of childhood infections are caused by standard 
medical treatment, which involves suppression of all the symptoms. 

Has this knowledge helped my career? It has certainly enabled me to give better advice to 
parents about treating childhood illness and to be able to provide parents with enough 
information to give truly informed consent for medical interventions such as vaccination. 

My research also led me to being asked, in 2002, to act as an expert witness for the mothers of 
two unvaccinated children whose absent fathers were applying to the court for a vaccination 
enforcement order. I wrote a report based on my research, fully referenced, carefully using the 
methods and results of the studies I quoted to give my opinion, rather than the conclusions of the 
authors, which are often not supported by their results. 

The experts for the fathers and the children were members of the Joint Committee on 
Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). They recommended vaccination for both children. If they 
had advised that vaccination was not necessary for these individual children, they would have 
been seen to be contradicting government health policy based on JCVI recommendations, which 
is a conflict of interest that was not explored in the case. 

The judge decided that my opinion was less valid than theirs, and the mothers lost their case. 
When it went to appeal, one of the appeal judges called my evidence “junk science,” and on this 
basis I was charged with Serious Professional Misconduct by the General Medical Council 
(GMC) of the UK, which could have resulted in being struck off the Medical Register, banned 
from practicing as a doctor, and losing my livelihood. 

In 2007, after a long, drawn-out case lasting three and a half years, the GMC panel completely 
exonerated me. They did not merely acquit me, but said they were “sure that in the reports you 
provided you did not fail to be objective, independent and unbiased.” 

The successful outcome notwithstanding, the case took an inevitable and heavy toll on my 
children, our family, and my professional life. 

In their meticulously researched book, Dr. Suzanne Humphries and Mr. Roman Bystrianyk take 
you right back to the roots of disease and the connection between living conditions, nutrition, 
and health. 



They systematically piece together the information you need to pierce the myth that vaccination 
is what saved us from the infective scourges of the past. More worryingly, they also show how 
vaccines may be instrumental in creating a many-headed hydra of overt and covert disease, 
which is hardly recognised, barely understood, and may well be of immense consequence to our 
children and future generations. 

With all this information there, waiting to be found, why don’t more doctors go and look for it? 

Why do doctors not even entertain the possibility that the Universal Childhood Vaccination 
Program may not be the unmitigated success that it is portrayed to be? 

Why do doctors not even consider that there may be other ways of achieving health that are 
better and longer lasting? 

In my opinion, the biggest obstacle to independent research and thinking is the professional 
consequence of stepping out of line and being seen to be different—as I know to my cost. As 
George Bernard Shaw says in his preface to “The Doctor's Dilemma” 1906: 

Doctors are just like other Englishmen: most of them have no honour and no conscience: 
what they commonly mistake for these is sentimentality and an intense dread of doing 
anything that everybody else does not do, or omitting to do anything that everybody else 
does. 

So next time you are in your doctor’s office and you say, “I’m worried about the safety of 
vaccination,” and you are told, “You don’t understand, you’re not a doctor...” remember that, if 
you are a doctor and say, “I’m worried about the safety of vaccination,” you will be told, “We’re 
charging you with serious professional misconduct...” 

Dr. Jayne L. M. Donegan, MBBS, DRCOG, DFFP, DCH, MRCGP, MFHom 

13 June 2013, London, UK 
j avnelmdonegan@yahoo. com 

www.jayne-donegan.co.uk 



Authors’ Introduction 


Roman Bystrianyk 

My journey began many years ago with the birth of my children. I always wanted to make sure 
they had the best I could provide: healthy food, a secure place to live, lots of toys, and plenty of 
caring, laughing, and love. When it came time to have them vaccinated I had assumed, like most 
parents, that it was a good idea. It had to be—governments, medical professionals, and just about 
everyone agreed that vaccines were one of the greatest medical discoveries of all time. Measles, 
whooping cough, smallpox, and all sorts of other horrible infectious diseases were nowhere to be 
seen, thanks to vaccines. 

I’m by nature an inquisitive and questioning person, and something didn’t sit right with me about 
vaccination. A nagging inner voice kept telling me that I should know more about these 
injections going into my family. Somehow I knew I shouldn’t completely and blindly accept that 
vaccines were safe and effective. At this point, I knew almost nothing about vaccines, but as I 
began to do some reading I found some disturbing bits of information that built upon my baseline 
apprehension. 

But because of the amount of pressure from doctors and my wife at the time, my children had 
received some vaccines. In the past, I felt enormously guilty after agreeing to allow my sons to 
be injected, and I hoped no terrible side effects would occur. I remember staying up at night, 
feeling distraught after agreeing to give them an injection and hoping nothing major would 
happen to them. I was overwhelmed with worry, wondering if I had done the right thing by 
succumbing to the pressure to have them vaccinated. Nothing overt appeared to happen, and they 
seemed to emerge basically unscathed. Despite being told that vaccines were hannless, I was still 
left with a feeling that maybe I had done the wrong thing. 

I started keeping files with the information I was finding in an attempt to make sense of it all. 
Eventually, I ran across a book by Neil Z. Miller. In it, Miller showed a graph of deaths from 
measles that had declined by 95 percent before the measles vaccine was put into general use. I 
couldn’t believe it! Wasn’t the decline of deaths from disease the claim to fame for vaccines? 
Wasn’t this the main reason for vaccinating? Could this graph be correct? 

That graph left me with an irksome, yet simple, question: Were vaccines really responsible for 
the decline in mortality from infectious diseases and the eradication of certain diseases? It was 
important to me to remain objective. My goal was to get to the truth. It seemed that this obvious 
question should be easy to answer. After all, vaccines have been around for more than one 
hundred years. Surely the CDC or some medical organization would have a large database of 
mortality and disease rates available. I was amazed that this wasn’t the case. Data that I sought 
wasn’t that easy to find. I thought it was strange that the data wasn’t on public display for the 
world to see, especially if vaccines had defeated the deadly infectious diseases of the past. Where 
was the proof? 



I continued to research vaccination and spent countless hours at the Yale Medical Library as well 
as other research libraries. I located some mortality data and started gathering statistics from 
different sources and entered it all into a computer spreadsheet program. Few medical journals 
referenced historic mortality data, and those that did made no mention of something that now 
became clear to me. Looking at the data from the United States starting from 1900, the measles 
mortality rate had declined by more than 98 percent before the introduction of the vaccine! Even 
more shocking was that the same data revealed that whooping cough mortality had declined by 
more than 90 percent before the DTP vaccine was introduced! I was stunned that no one I knew, 
including my sons’ doctors, had carefully examined this fundamental belief that vaccines were 
responsible for the massive decline in deaths from measles and whooping cough. 

I now realized that the belief that vaccines were essential in eliminating the threat of at least 
these two diseases was based on a myth. There must have been other factors that led to such a 
dramatic decline in mortality before vaccine introduction. 

I presented a great deal of information to the mother of my children. Even though she was an 
educated nurse, she found it impossible to accept what I showed her. On a weekend not long 
after, I noticed that all three of my children were very sick. I examined them more closely and 
saw that they all had high fevers and extremely red eyes. I couldn’t imagine why they were all so 
sick. I called their mother and found out that they had, without my knowledge or consent, gotten 
the DTP, MMR, and polio shots all in one visit. A rush of emotions swept over me. I was angry, 
upset, worried, and devastated. One of the most important health decisions involving my children 
had been stripped away from me. The children were very ill all weekend. One of my boys kept 
having sporadic shooting pains in one eye that recurred intennittently for a couple of months and 
ultimately seemed to resolve. 

By this time, I had accumulated a vast amount of information and hard data. It seemed more 
likely that we had been misled to believe that vaccination was responsible for eliminating the 
notorious diseases and devastation of the past. I wondered how statistics and infonnation from 
medical journals were completely disregarded. That brought me to an understanding of how 
easily people can be ensnared in a faulty belief system. Assurances from medical authorities that, 
out of love and responsibility, parents should vaccinate their children were all most people 
needed to hear. I gained clarity that there was an underlying societal belief in vaccines that was 
not based on history or evidence. That belief is maintained by a public that remains 
foundationally subservient and obedient to governmental and medical hierarchies that may not 
deserve their trust. 

Several years after my children had that vaccine reaction, one of them collapsed. Subsequent 
EEG (electroencephalogram) tracings reflected abnonnal brain waves consistent with seizures. 
From my research, I couldn’t help but suspect that the vaccines had caused neurological damage. 
The neurologist told me that nothing nutritionally could be done to help with the seizures. 
Unwilling to accept this, I did my own research and found studies in medical journals that 
showed certain nutrients could make a significant difference. I put my son on a protocol of 
omega-3 fatty acids, B-complex, magnesium, and other nutrients and an organic diet. Happily, 
after a few months, the EEG revealed no seizure activity! Not only was I thrilled that my son’s 
condition had improved, but the experience had again shown me the power of belief systems. In 
this case, the belief that nutrients and diet had no effect on brain health was absolutely wrong. 



Conventional medical journals contained the infonnation on using nutrients to stop seizures, but 
shockingly, the information just was not being used by the medical profession. 


Each one of these experiences propelled me to continue my research. I obtained data from many 
sources that led me to solidify and round out my hypothesis that vaccines were not responsible 
for the decline in deaths from infectious diseases. Now I was left with new questions. What did 
cause the decline of infectious diseases? Why was there such a rock-solid belief that vaccines 
were responsible? What was the true history? 

I continued to pour through hundreds of medical journals and long-overlooked books, 
magazines, and newspapers from the 1800s and early 1900s. I found thousands of pages that 
painted a new picture. I was astonished that an amazing and exciting history had all been tossed 
in the basements of libraries and possibly lost forever. This new infonnation revealed to me a 
radically different view of life in the 1800s. 

I also discovered how science can go honibly wrong. We can easily become captured by a belief 
system that is built on a shaky and flawed foundation. How often do we believe in something, 
not because we have done in-depth research on it, but because authority figures tell us it is the 
truth? What if what we believe is just an illusion? 

I hope that you find the infonnation in this book—graphs, quote-filled chapters, and more—an 
interesting addition to what you believe. I think the pages of each chapter will provide a unique 
insight and shine a different light on what really is a hidden past. For some of you, this might be 
a starting point to begin questioning what you may have innocently accepted as the truth. For 
others, the infonnation might fill in large gaps and answer questions you may have had but never 
knew where to look. For me, it has been a rewarding process of dissolving illusions that I’d like 
to share with you. 


Suzanne Humphries, MD 

It may seem odd that a medical doctor with 19 years of experience has passionately turned away 
from the practice of vaccination. It may seem even stranger that, with a successful career as a 
nephrologist, she would pack her medical bags and leave the hospital without looking back. At 
the top of her game, she left a very lucrative practice and a shining reputation behind. I’d like to 
share my story of how this came to be and how I ended up as an outcast from the conventional 
medical system. 

It would be untrue to say that I ever completely believed in the necessity and safety of 
vaccination. I have long had an intuitive distaste for vaccines. Fike most doctors, I received a 
cursory summary of the childhood and adult vaccine schedule and was told that vaccines are safe 
and effective and to give them on schedule. During my medical residency, I saw many 
autoimmune diseases and silently wondered if the vaccines could be playing a role. But I put 
myself back to sleep for a few more years and kept on with my education. 

The God-given sense that I was endowed with was temporarily replaced by supposed evidence- 
based medicine and mindless rules, protocols, and guidelines. But that fell apart under careful 
scrutiny. After nearly two decades of doing the medical dance, though often out of step, several 



things converged to rip my blinders off and launch me into a new way of thinking. I never would 
have predicted that the medical establishment would present itself to me as a blatant violator of 
life or conflict with my moral and spiritual principles... but it did. 

The most memorable event was during the winter of 2009 when the H1N1 flu vaccine was being 
given as a separate injection from the seasonal flu vaccine. Many doctors were skeptical of the 
practice of influenza vaccination, and many of my hospital colleagues signed the exemption fonn 
and dodged the vaccine for themselves. However, there were trusting patients who did not have 
the discernment to refuse, and I got to see the potential result of vaccination on their kidneys. 

That winter, three patients in close succession were wheeled into the emergency room of my 
hospital with total kidney shutdown. When I arrived to talk to them, each one volunteered to me, 
“I was fine until I had that vaccine.” All three had normal kidney function at baseline, as per 
their outpatient records. All three required acute dialysis, two eventually recovered, and one died 
of complications several months later, supposedly from his other illnesses. After this series of 
events, I began to take vaccine histories on each of my patients and was startled at the 
connections that could be made just by asking, “When was your last vaccine?” In my opinion, 
many cases of supposedly idiopathic (a medical tenn for unknown) kidney disease are not 
idiopathic at all. 

During the weeks of dialyzing the three kidney-failure patients, I passed the chief of internal 
medicine in the hallway. He was someone I had always had a good relationship with, and we 
were on excellent terms. He asked me the usual, “How are you doing? How is the nephrology 
practice going?” I decided to tell him what was happening and how I thought the flu vaccine was 
causing problems. After conveying a small bit of my observations, he became stiff, his face 
tightened, his body language changed, and he asked me why I was blaming the vaccine. “They 
just got the flu, and the vaccine didn’t have time to work,” was his curt response. I replied by 
pointing out the fact that I had never, in my career as a nephrologist and an internist, seen a case 
of the flu present with kidney failure unless the patient had become severely dehydrated and/or 
taken copious amounts of ibuprofen, neither of which these patients had done. Even more 
striking was that the patients under discussion did not have symptoms of influenza prior to 
developing kidney failure. 

The conversation continued. We ended up discussing the meningitis problem in teenagers and 
college students. I suggested that the drugs, vaccines, lack of rest, and poor diets of these 
children may make them vulnerable to a bacteria they would otherwise have defense against. 
After all, I knew that meningococcal bacteria were often found in completely healthy people. 
Something else must be contributing to the situation in those who get sick. He laughed at me and 
said, “So you think the diet is causing meningitis?” He went on to remind me that “smallpox was 
eradicated by vaccines, and polio was eradicated in the United States by vaccines.” At that time, 
I was ignorant of the history of smallpox and polio except that, six years prior, I was asked to be 
vaccinated for smallpox in order to be a first responder. These first responders would be ready in 
the case of a terrorist attack or if a person developed smallpox from the vaccine. 

As for polio, the images of crippled children, iron lungs, and the terrible days of the vicious 
poliovirus attacks were branded into my consciousness like most other people’s. I thought Jonas 
Salk was a great American hero. Funny how the events of 1954 were programmed into me, since 



I was born in 1964.1 wouldn’t have been able to even think about polio until 1969 at the earliest. 
So when this doctor made his final comments to me, I was speechless and unable to respond. I 
felt lambasted. 

Later, several patients were admitted with nonnal kidneys and had their health decline within 24 
hours of vaccination. Even these well-defined and documented cases were denied as vaccine 
induced by most of my colleagues. There was the rare doctor who would concur with me in the 
dark or the nurse who would come and thank me and agree with me while nobody was listening. 
It was a lonely time and certainly a dark night for my soul. 

Over the following months, I first made it my business to find out everything I could about safety 
trials for vaccines in kidney patients. I was shocked to find that there were no trials on these 
types of patients. I was told they could tolerate vaccines because they are “safe and effective.” 
On seeing that safety of vaccines in acutely ill (active heart failure, sepsis, cancer, autoimmune 
disease) and chronic nephrology patients was a myth, I decided to research the chief of internal 
medicine’s assumptions about the flu vaccine, smallpox, and polio history. What I encountered 
threw me into a tailspin that ultimately led me to become an activist for the truth about 
vaccination. 

I came to realize that the guidelines, evidence, and opinions of the leaders were unsound and 
were NOT leading the herds to authentic health. What was most puzzling to me was how I was 
treated when I tried to protect my own kidney-failure patients from being vaccinated—especially 
when they were ill. 

After an attempt to get the hospital to defer vaccinating for pneumonia and influenza until the 
day of hospital discharge instead of admission, I was told not to interfere with the vaccination 
protocol. Even more outrageously, I was continuously told that if I wanted credibility for my 
views I should conduct my own study to prove that the vaccines were causing kidney failure. 
The burden of proof was somehow placed upon me to obtain IRB (Institutional Review Board) 
approval and funding and conduct a statistically significant study that those who doubted my 
evidence of hann would believe. Shouldn’t the burden of proof rest upon vaccine manufacturers 
and those who tout their safety? After all, there was no data to support the assumption that 
vaccines did not cause kidney failure and plenty of reason to believe they could. To me, it was 
obvious that nobody was looking, and thus the connections were not made. 

This was the first time in my career that my opinion regarding kidney failure was not respected. 
Any other time I suggested that a drug was responsible for kidney damage, that drug was 
immediately discontinued—no questions asked. This happens routinely with certain blood 
pressure drugs, antibiotics, pain killers, etc. Sometimes kidneys can react to drugs in an allergic 
fashion—to any drug at any time—and that drug would have been stopped. Some drugs cause 
direct toxicity to the kidneys, and in the past if I suggested to stop or avoid them, they were 
always avoided. But now I was unable to protect my own kidney-failure patients from 
vaccinations given in the hospital. 

Questioning the vaccines seemed to open an entire Pandora’s box that apparently had yellow 
forensic tape over the lock, along with the message, “Do not cross.” I was met with doublespeak 
—pennitted to write an order to stop a vaccine that was to be given if I got there in time, but I 



was also told that I was doing it too often and that I should not interfere with the hospital’s 
vaccination policy. 


When I pointed out the connection between vaccines and worsening or new-onset kidney failure 
to a couple of open-minded colleagues, they understood, started taking vaccine histories, and saw 
what was happening. Yet they remained silent. Most doctors continue to practice with 
comfortable indifference. Some see the errors, damage, and limits of their practices but still walk 
lockstep with the herd and protect the brotherhood. I don’t know what it will take to get these 
doctors to resist the dictates who rule over them. I’ve had far more success reasoning with 
parents and intelligent people who are not attached to traditions that are damaging and 
unscientific. This book is for those who want to read what I have discovered, after years of 
research, to be a much more accurate depiction of vaccination history. 



Terminology 


Inoculation: The act of introducing an antigenic substance (stimulates the production of 
antibodies) into the body to produce an immune system reaction to a specific disease. 

Variolation: A procedure that entails inoculating a susceptible person with material taken from a 
vesicle (a blister fonned in or beneath the skin) of someone who has smallpox (orthopox variola 
virus), to try to prevent smallpox in the susceptible person. 

Vaccination: 

a) From vacca, the Latin word for cow: Inoculation of cowpox virus (orthopox vaccinia virus) 
with the intention of protecting against smallpox virus. Also known as cowpoxing. 

b) Today the term has been used to describe many other types of inoculations: A preparation of a 
weakened or killed pathogen, such as a bacterium or a virus, or of a portion of the pathogen’s 
structure that, upon administration, stimulates antibody production or humoral immunity against 
the pathogen. 

Immunization: A process that induces an immune response to a specific disease by exposing the 
individual to a natural or laboratory-derived antigen. The goal of the process is to raise 
antibodies to a specific antigen. 

You can be vaccinated, but if there is no immunity, you are not immunized. You can be 
unvaccinated, but if you have had the disease and have protection, you are immune; therefore 
you are immunized. 

DTP : Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis vaccine that used the whole bacterial cell after it was killed. 
This was the original version of the pertussis vaccine that was highly antigenic but more 
problematic from a safety standpoint. This vaccine is often termed the whole cell vaccine. It is 
still used in developing countries. 

DTaP : Diphtheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis vaccine. The pertussis portion of these vaccines 
does not use the whole cell but contains the pertussis toxin either alone or in combination with 
pieces of other virulence factors from the cell. These are the vaccines used in the United States, 
the United Kingdom, and most of Europe today. They are thought to be much safer but are far 
less antigenic. They are also more expensive. 



1. The Not So Good OP Days 


As we passed along the reeking banks of the sewer the sun shone upon a narrow slip of the 
water. In the bright light it appeared the colour of strong green tea, and positively looked as 
solid as black marble in the shadow—indeed it was more like watery mud than muddy 
water;and yet we were assured this was the only water the wretched inhabitan ts had to 
drink. As we gazed in horror at it, we saw drains and sewers emptying their filthy contents 
into it; we saw a whole tier of doorless privies in the open road, common to men and women, 
built over it; we heard bucket after bucket of filth splash into it... 

- Henry Mayhew (1812-1887), September 24, 1849 

Passing along a rough bank, among stakes and washing lines, one penetrates into this chaos 
of small one-storied, one-roomed huts, in most of which there is no artificial floor; kitchen, 
living, and sleeping-room all in one... Everywhere before the doors residue and offal 
[waste]; that any sort ofpavement lay underneath could not be seen but only felt, here and 

there, with the feet. 

- Friedrich Engels (1820-1895), 1844 

Many of us have a picture of the 1800s colored by a myriad of filters that impart a nostalgic and 
romantic view of that era. You may picture a time when gentleman callers arrived to meet a well- 
dressed lady in a finely furnished parlor. A time where people leisurely drifted down a river on a 
paddlewheel riverboat while sipping mint juleps. A time of more elegant travel aboard a steam 
train passing through the beautiful countryside, or a stylish woman dressed in a long, flowing 
gown, descending from a sleek horse-drawn carriage with the aid of a dapper companion in a top 
hat. You may think of those times where life was simple and ordered—a seeming utopia, free of 
the many woes that plague modern society. 

But if those filters are removed and a more objective light is cast upon that time, a different 
picture emerges. Instead, imagine a world where workplaces had no health, safety, or minimum- 
wage laws. The 1800s was a century when people put in 12 to 16 hours a day at the most tedious 
menial labor. Imagine bands of children roaming the streets out of control because their parents 
were laboring long days. Children were also involved in dangerous and demoralizing work. 
Picture the city of New York surrounded not by suburbs but by rings of smoldering garbage 
dumps and shantytowns. Cities where hogs, horses, and dogs and their refuse were commonplace 
in the streets. Many infectious diseases were rampant throughout the world, particularly in the 
larger cities. This is not a description of the Third World, but a large portion of what the United 
States and other civilized Western countries used to be only a century or so ago. 




Photo 1.1: Syracuse, NY—Shanties Back to an Open Sewer. (1901) 


The “good old days, ” when everything, in particularly human health, was supposedly 
better than it is today, are a myth. The documented history of Western civilization 
describes an endless and unromantic struggle with sickness and death, tragically high 
infant mortality, and the premature death of young adults. Death-dealing epidemics 
attacked helpless communities nearly as often as summer and winter came to pass, and 
were followed every few years by major catastrophes. In Victorian England, the average 
age of death among the urban poor was 15 to 16 years. m 

During the 1800s, the number of factories grew along with a rapidly increasing population, 
which resulted in a flood of people from the countryside into the towns and cities looking for 
work. The population of the city of London, England, increased by almost ninefold during the 
19th century. Industrialization rapidly multiplied threats to health because of the enormous 
simultaneous growth of towns. 

In 1750, about 15 per cent of the population lived in towns; by 1880 a staggering 80 per 
cent was urban. In 1801 one in five workers was employed in manufacturing and linked 
occupations; by 1871 that had climbed to two in three. The largest city in the Western 
world, London had about 800,000 inhabitants in 1801; by 1841 its population had grown 
by a further million, and at the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 the heart of the empire 
[London] contained seven million inhabitants fil 

Hazardous housing 

Housing could not accommodate the population explosion, which resulted in overcrowding and a 
remarkable buildup of human and animal waste. In some cases, large buildings, originally built 




for breweries or sugar refineries, were later divided into numerous small, dark rooms for families 
to live in.^ These conditions contributed to high disease and death rates. 

The stenches from the “horribly foul cellars ” with their “infernal system of sewerage ” 
must needs poison the tenants all the way up to the fifth story... the well-worn rut of the 

dead-wagon and the ambulance to the gate, for the tenants died there like flies in all 
seasons, and a tenth of its population was always in hospital 

The Tenement House Commission long after-ward called the worst of the barracks 
“infant slaughter houses, ” and showed, by reference to the mortality lists, that they killed 
one in every five babies born in them 

If there is an open space between them [tenements], it is never more than a slit a foot or 
so wide, and gets to be the receptacle of garbage and filth of every kind; so that any 
opening made for the purposes of ventilation becomes a source of greater danger than if 
there were none 



Photo 1 . 2 : Jefferson Street. The shed barn at right contains three horses. The barn next in view contains six 
horses and two goats. The house in the center of the picture is full of Italian families and presents no 
redeeming feature. On the left are other tenements full of families. (1911) 


Although advances had been made by the early 1900s, many still lived in abysmal sanitary 
conditions. Some tenements were furnished with indoor facilities, but they were often shared by 
multiple families. Tales of despair and suffering were commonplace among the working poor. 
Struggle for survival was a daily affair. People were often close to financial and physical 
collapse. 121 





Photo 1.3: A so-called room of a three-room tenement, but it is merely a large size closet with a slanting 
ceiling, located under the main entrance stairs of the building. Here, in a three-quarter bed, sleep the father 
and mother and a little child. The rest of the family sleep in the front room and kitchen. This “room” has 

absolutely no light or ventilation. (1916) 


Poor planning with the ever-increasing number of businesses and population led to haphazard 
city organization. Businesses of all types, including any of their hazardous environmental by¬ 
products, were built alongside crowded living quarters. The lack of health regulations and zoning 
rules resulted in a dangerous and demoralizing environment for the working-class people. An 
1861 article on US cities and parks in the Atlantic Monthly described the situation in cities. 

Narrow and crooked streets, want of proper sewerage and ventilation, the absence of 
forethought in providing open spaces for the recreation of the people, the allowance of 
intramural [within the walls of a building] burials, and of fetid nuisances, such as 
slaughter-houses and manufactories of offensive stuffs, have converted cities into 
pestilential enclosures, and kept Jefferson’s saying—“Great cities are great sores ”—true 
in the most literal and mortifying sensed 

Large numbers of families dwelled within poorly constructed houses. There was no running 






water and no toilet. An entire street would share an outdoor pump and a couple of outside privy 
vaults or outhouses. 



Photo 1.4: The general insanitary conditions which surround the houses on both sides of the alley. The first 
house on the right is a small dilapidated frame house. Beyond it are three larger tenements. The outbuildings 
at the left are all dilapidated, and contain privies which are in a foul condition. There are not enough garbage 
boxes to supply the needs, and the ones provided are so seldom cleaned that the families dump their slops and 

garbage in the alley. (1901) 

In 1934 Professor Arthur Cole described how some inhabitants of New York and Boston in the 
1850s lived in dark cellars overrun with vermin. 

While the larger cities possessed handsome residential districts in which the streets were 
paved and kept clean and the sewage was properly cared for, there was also crowded 
foreign quarters, veritable hives of humanity lacking ordinary comforts and often even 
necessities. New York in 1850 had 8,141 cellars sheltering 18,456 persons. There, as in 
Boston, about a twentieth of the population lived in damp, dark, ill-ventilated, vermin- 
infested underground rooms. By the end of the war [US Civil War] fifteen thousand 
tenement houses had been built in New York, many of them hardly more than “fever 
nests. 

The working classes inhabited the most deplorable housing, which was described by Friedrich 
Engels in 1844. Engels visited the slums while in Manchester, England, and noted the horrors he 
observed. He described the people he encountered in London and other towns in England. 






...these pale, lank, narrow-chested hollow-eyed ghosts, whom one passes at every step, 
these languid flabby faces, incapable of the slightest energetic expression, I have seen in 
such startling numbers 

Hordes of people crowded beneath smoldering, water-rotted roofs, or burrowed among the rats 
of clammy cellars. 1111 - Roy Porter, a British historian noted for his work on the history of 
medicine, wrote about the plight of millions of people in the newly industrialized cities. 



Photo 1.5: The conditions of the filth-strewn alleys, of courts and yards littered with rubbish, of ill-smelling 
stables and manure boxes find their climax and in part their cause in the accumulation of garbage. (1901) 

For millions, entire lives—albeit often very short ones—were passed in new industrial 
cities of dreadful night with an all too typical socio-pathologv: foul housing, often in 
flooded cellars, gross overcrowding, atmospheric and water-supply pollution, 
overflowing cesspools, contaminated pumps, poverty, hunger, fatigue and abjection 
everywhere. Such conditions, comparable to today’s Third World shanty town or refugee 
camps, bred rampant sickness of eveiy kind. Appalling neo-natal, infant and child 
mortality accompanied the abomination of child labour in mines and factories; life 
expectations were exceedingly low—often under twenty years among the working classes 
—and everywhere sickness precipitated family breakdown, pauperization and social 



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crisis 

Contemporary writers of the time tried to call attention to the plight of the wretched poor and 
their terrible living conditions. Andrew Mearns and William C. Preston wrote about the poor in 
their 1883 book The Bitter Cry of Outcast London: An Inquiry into the Condition of the Abject 
Poor. 


Few who will read these pages have any conception of what these pestilential human 
rookeries are, where tens of thousands are crowded together amidst horrors which call to 
mind what we have heard of the middle passage of the slave ship. To get to them you have 
to penetrate courts reeking with poisonous gases arising from accumulation of sewage 
and refuse scattered in all directions and often flowing beneath your feet; courts, many of 
them which the sun never penetrates, which are never visited by a breath of fresh air, and 
which rarely know the virtues of a drop of cleansing water. You have to ascend rotten 
staircases, which threaten to give way beneath every step, leaving gaps that imperil the 
limbs and lives of the unwary. You have to grope your way along dark and filthy passages 
swarming with vermin. Then, if you are not driven back by the intolerable stench, you 
may gain admittance to the dens in which these thousands of beings who belong, as much 
as you, to the race for whom Christ died, herd together 

The extremely stressful conditions rapidly aged the poor working- class people. Those who 
escaped death from disease or disability at an early age often only lived into their thirties or 
forties. 


Among the laboring classes, life expectation remained everywhere low—little more than 
thirty years—and from the 1830s photographs show working people looking old by their 
thirties and forties, as poor nutrition, illness, bad living conditions and gross overwork 
took their toll 

Water and sewage and everything offal 

Clean water, proper sewage treatment, and fresh air did not exist in these areas. Without any 
sanitary infrastructure, human and animal waste would flow into the streets, ending up in the 
local streams and rivers, which happened to also be the people’s primary water supply. Sanitary 
facilities designed for smaller populations failed. Cesspools overflowed and seeped into the local 
water supplies. 



Photo 1.6: Water-closet used by fourteen families. (1916) 

The manner in which the great multitude of the poor is treated by society to-dav is 

















revolting. They are drawn into the large cities where they breathe a poorer atmosphere 
than in the country; they are relegated to districts which, by reason of the method of 
construction, are worse ventilated than any others; they are deprived of all means of 
cleanliness, of water itself, since pipes are laid only when paid for, and the rivers so 
polluted that they are useless for such purposes; they are obliged to throw all offal and 
garbage, all dirty water, often all disgusting drainage and excrement into the streets, 
being without other means of disposing them; they are thus compelled to infect the 
region of their own dwellings 

In the mid-1800s, public water supplies in McLean County, Illinois, and Chicago were described 
as being contaminated with human and animal waste. The Chicago Medical Society frequently 
criticized the city’s water supply, which after 1853 was drawn from Lake Michigan by means of 
a crude wooden inlet 600 feet long, close to where the sewage-fdled Chicago River emptied.^ 

Before the 1870s, all kinds of garbage and human and animal waste had been thrown 
into what became known as the “North and South Sloughs, ” originally small streams 
running into Sugar Creek. Over the years the Sloughs “became a... sodden pool of stench 
that was the breeding places for disease... because it drained sewage into the 
community’s primary water source, Sugar Creek. 



Photo 1.7: Public hall and sink. Sink supported only by string and flimsy wooden props. Hall floor covered 

with fecal matter and sewage. (1903) 


Poor waste management continued in Paris even after World War I, with many of the city’s 
cesspools still in use. 

Unlike Londoners, most Parisians were still getting their water in 1870from fountains or 
water-sellers, and disposing of waste in court pits. Paris was a city of85,000 cesspools; 
many remained until after the First World War , im 

Edwin Chadwick, an English social reformer who worked to improve sanitary conditions and 
public health, believed that sickness bred poverty. He enlisted the aid of three doctors who were 
sympathetic to sanitary reforms—Neil Arnott, James Phillip Kay-Shuttleworth, and Thomas 






Southwood Smith. Their 1838 report revealed the squalor in London. 

“The room of a fever patient, in a small and heated apartment in London, with no 
perflation [blowing] of fresh air, is perfectly analogous to the stagnant pool in Ethiopia 
full of the bodies of dead locusts, ” declared Southwood Smith. “The poison generated in 
both cases is the same; the difference is merely in the degree of its potency. ,,{m 

Animals: Dead and live, dangerous and diseased 

Because there were no environmental laws, industries simply discharged their waste into the air 
and water. In 1850s London, the environment was filled with dirt that spewed from factories. If 
human and animal waste in the city streets was not revolting enough, the people withstood an 
even worse addition to the loathsome scenario—putrefying corpses of animals. 

In manufacturing towns, factory chimneys spewed soot, and everything was covered with 
dirt and grime. Smoke was a major ingredient of the famous London fog, which not only 
reduced visibility, but posed serious health risks. Refuse, including the rotting corpses of 
dogs and horses, littered city streets. In 1858, the stench from sewage and other rot in 
London was so putrid that the British House of Commons was forced to suspend its 
sessions 

Animals were found in great numbers in the cities, either roaming freely or in slaughterhouses. 
The Annual Report of the Metropolitan Board of Health in 1866 describes slaughterhouses that 
were intermingled with tenement housing. 

The suffering caused to animals by the present system of slaughtering is a source ofpain 
and annoyance to all persons living near these establishments. The animals are seldom 
fed from the time they arrive until they are killed, and constantly give expression to their 
suffering. Many slaughter-houses are located in the centre of blocks of high tenement- 
houses, and the business of slaughtering, as viewed from the adjacent windows, is in the 
highest degree demoralizing in its effects upon the young -P& 

People threw their garbage out onto the city streets, where it was consumed by scavenging pigs, 
dogs, and rats. The filth in New York City streets had amassed to a depth of two to three feet in 
the winter. Household refuse and animal waste from horses and the other animals mixed with the 
muddy streets. 

...nearly every city—from the national capital to some budding Westernporkopolis—had 
its hog nuisance or some equivalent. The streets, squares and parks amounted to public 
pens, hog holes offending the eye and nose at every turn... In the fall of1853 porkers 
were more numerous on the streets of Springfield [Illinois] than in the pens at the state 
fairgrounds. The near-by town of Urbana had a record of more hogs than people, and 
they had at least equal rights with citizens upon the streets 

With the accumulation of garbage came the inevitable increase in vermin such as rats, which 
became an accepted part of city life. Disease-spreading insects of all types, including 
cockroaches, were commonplace in tenements. 


Kill Your Rats! 

There are 2,000,000 or more Rats 
in Boston, causing annual damages of 
$70,000,000 and jeopardizing the 
lives, property and prosperity of our 

city. (City Document No. 114,=1916, p. 20) 

$50 to the person bringing the greatest number of dead rats 
on Tuesday, February 13, 1917, between 7 A. M. and 6 P. M. to 
City Sanitary Yards at Rutherford Avenue, Charlestown, Atlan¬ 
tic Are., North Grove St., Albany St., and Highland St., Roabury. 

$100 to the person who brings ths greatest number of any 
one in the city. 

Women’s Municipal League of Boston 

THE LIU IE rUNTlNC CO, SO ST ON 


Photo 1.8: Kill Rats Poster. (1917) 


Prisons, dock-yards, and wharves have been celebrated for the multitude and magnitude 
of the rats which infest them, and the cruelty of their voracious attacks upon the inmates 
of these receptacles of vermin 

In 1916 the cities of New York and Boston were infested with millions of rats, causing a huge 
amount of destruction. 

It is estimated by the bacteriological department of the Boston board of health that 
$72,000,000 in damage is done yearly by the 2,000,000 rats that infest Boston. About 
$91,250,000 in damage is done yearly by rodents in New York City P& 

During the mid-1800s, hospitals were unsanitary and overcrowded. The American public looked 
upon them with little regard, considering them a place where the sick and poor went to die. An 
1860 article entitled “Rats in the Hospital” published in Harper’s Weekly, a leading journal of 
that time, exposed the horrific conditions at Bellevue Hospital in New York. The article was 
inspired by an incident of a baby who was eaten by rats at that hospital. 





This day, the inquest held on the body of the infant that was eaten by rats in Bellevue 
Hospital, New York, was concluded. The evidence of Mary O ’Connor, the mother of the 
child, and that of numerous other witnesses, was taken... and recommended that proper 
means be taken to rid the hospital of the rats that now infest the institution P& 

Diseased food 

The limited sources of food consumed by the population were often of poor quality or 
contaminated. A lack of laws or unenforced laws and a systemically corrupt food supply chain 
led to an abysmal health situation for those eating diseased food. Attempts to improve the 
situation were almost always opposed by the individuals and businesses engaged in the offenses 
because it impacted their bottom line. In Chicago and New York City, milk was of such poor 
quality that it caused the deaths of thousands of children each year. 

...milk sold in Chicago came from cows “fed on whiskey slops with their bodies covered 
with sores and tails all eat off, ” a circumstance which enabled the editorial critic to 
explain “Why so many children die in Chicago. ” New York’s milk supply was also 
largely a by-product of the local distilleries and the milk dealers were charged with the 
serious offense of murdering annually eight thousand children 

[Cows] shut up, without proper exercise or pure air, the milk is necessarily diseased, and 
is the cause of extensive mortality among young children and infants. Besides the 
unhealthy slops, decayed vegetables, and the sour and putrid offals and remnants of 
kitchens, are gathered up for food of these animals; the consequence of which is, that they 
become diseased... 1221 



Photo 1.9: A case of Acute Milk Poisoning Having Vomiting, Diarrhoea, Mucous and Bloody Stools, General 
Emaciation, Acute Cholera Infantum, and Dysentery. (1914) 


In 1860s England, city inspectors attempted to control the sale and use of diseased meats. To 
avoid financial losses, diseased meat was made into sausages, pickled and cured for ham and 





bacon, to be sold to an unsuspecting public. Meat that was too diseased for even sausage was fed 
to the pigs, which would later be eaten by humans. 

The dead-meat markets are contaminated by the carcasses of diseased animals from all 
sources... in the City markets alone his inspectors seize from one to Wo tons of diseased 
meat every week; and similar seizures, but to a less extent, are made in butchers ’ shops 
and slaughter-houses outside the City by Medical Officers of Health and their assistants. 
In Edinburgh [England], Mr. Gamgee tells us that 100 to 200 diseased cattle are sold in 
the dead-meat market every week, carcasses being smuggled in by night even from 
adjoining piggeries. In this way the best butchers, in ignorance “may and do serve 
diseased meat to the wealthiest in the land. ”... Pigs are largely fed upon diseased meat 
which is too far gone even for the sausage-maker, and this is saying a great deal; and 
as an universal rule, disease pigs are pickled and cured for bacon, ham, etc. 1221 

People often consumed nutrient-deficient diets and contaminated food that left them weak and 
susceptible to disease. This 1865 report talks about the deplorable state of food in the city of 
New York. Decayed and diseased foods were often sold to the working classes, which left them 
in a weakened physical condition. 

The quality of the food sold at the corner and butchers ’ shops in this neighborhood 
deserves a more extended notice than it can receive here. A casual examination shows 
much of it to be unfit for human sustenance. Unwholesome meat, particularly slunk veal 
[flesh from the fetus of a calf, found during the slaughter of its mother], is constantly 
vended and consumed. Piles of pickled herrings are exposed to the air till the mass 
approaches a condition ofputridity; and this slimy food, with wilted and decayed 
vegetables, sausages not above suspicion, and horrible pies, composed of stale and 
unripe fruits, whose digestion no human stomach can accomplish, all find ready 
purchasers. These decaying animals and vegetable remains are daily entombed in the 
protuberant stomachs of thousands of children, whose pallid, expressionless faces and 
shrunken limbs are the familiar attributes of childhood in these localities f 231 

The glimpse we have just taken of the underside of Western culture in the 1800s to the 1900s is 
never discussed in terms of the medical issues and diseases of that notoriously sickened era. Yet 
those were the most important aspects of susceptibility and spread of illness. 

It was not only the adults who suffered these awful conditions. Frequently, children lived an 
unthinkable existence too. Their lives were often beset not only with pitiful living conditions and 
diseased, rotten food, but also with long hours of arduous and demoralizing labor, all of which 
took an enonnous toll on their immunity. 


2. Suffer The Little Children 


I have been working below three years on my father’s account: he takes me down at two in 
the morning, and I am up at two the next afternoon. I go to bed at six at night, to be ready 
for work the next morning. I have to bear my burthen [burden] four traps or ladders before I 
get to the main road, which leads to the pit bottom. My task is four or five tubs; each tub 
holds 4 V 2 cwt [1 cwt. or hundredweight = 112 pounds], I fill five tubs in twenty journeys. 

Am very glad when my task is wrought, as it sore fatigues. 

- Ellison Jack, 11-year-old girl, coal bearer, 1840s 

But the young, young children, O my brothers! 

They are weeping bitterly. 

They are weeping in the play-time of the others 
In the country of the free. 

“For oh! ” say the children, “we are weary, 

And we cannot run or leap. 

If we cared for any meadows, it were merely 
To drop in them and sleep. ” 

They look up with their pale and sunken faces, 

And their look is dread to see. 

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861), “Cry of the Children,” 1842 

In the Western world, many children enjoy what we have come to define as a normal childhood. 
They generally get up in the morning and have a reasonable breakfast, and then, during the 
majority of the year, attend school. In public and private schools, they are educated in math, 
science, languages, and other areas of study. While in school, they are fed, and ah their basic 
needs are usually met. They often have a chance to experience art, music, and physical education 
and to play games at recess. During the balance of the day, they may interact with their friends, 
play games, enjoy sports, watch television, play with their pets, or engage in an entire host of 
other leisure activities. At night they sleep in a relatively safe environment. In the summer 
months, they often enjoy long, leisurely days playing and may even take vacations with their 
family. 

Although this life is not enjoyed by all and may not be perfect, it is far more common in the 
developed world than it used to be. During the 1800s and into the 1900s, life for many children 
in the United States and England was that of long and brutal hours of hard labor and poverty. 
Their lives were not filled with joy and laughter, but often with suffering and crushing misery. 

From the late 1700s into the 1800s, machines frequently replaced manual labor for the 
production of most manufactured goods. With the large number of factories, the owners needed 
sources of cheap labor, which was often found in the fonn of children. Many machines did not 



need adult strength to operate, so children could be hired more inexpensively than adults. Factory 
work for children was abusive and demoralizing. 

Children from seven years of age upward, were engaged by hundreds from London and 
other large cities, and set to work in the cotton spinning factories of the north. Since there 
were no other facilities for boarding them, “apprentice houses ” were bidlt for them, in 
the vicinity of the factories, where they were placed under the care of the superintendents 
or matrons... They were remotely situated, apart from the observation of the community, 
left to the burdens of unrelieved labor under the harshness of small masters or foremen. 
Their hours of labor were excessive. When the demands of the trade were active they 
were often arranged in two shifts, each shift working twelve hours, one in the day and 
another in the night, so that it was a common saying in the north that “their beds never 
got cold, ” one set climbing into bed as the other got out. When there was no night work 
the day work was the longer. They were driven at their work and often abused. ^ 

The 1816 report of the Select Committee on the state of children employed in manufacturing 
detailed the distress that children endured. They labored long hours to the point of exhaustion. 
Those who lived suffered physical breakdown from the harsh conditions they endured. 

Children of all ages, down to three and four, were found in the hardest and most 
painful labor, while babes of six were commonly found in large numbers in many 
factories. Labor from twelve to thirteen and often sixteen hours a day was the rule. 
Children had not a moment free, save to snatch a hasty meal or sleep as best as they 
could. From earliest youth they worked to a point of extreme exhaustion, without open-air 
exercise, or any enjoyment whatever, but grew up, if they survived at all, weak, 
bloodless, miserable, and in many cases deformed cripples, and victims of almost every 
disease. m 



Photo 2.1: Boy coal miners. (1914) 


Some children began work at the age of four. An 1843 report by John W. Parker detailed the 

ages of the children employed to work. 

That instances occur in which Children are taken into the mines to work as early as four 
years of age, sometimes at five, and between five and six, not unfrequently between six 
and seven, and often from seven to eight, while from eight to nine is the ordinary age at 
which employment in these mines commences. That a very large portion of the persons 
employed in carrying on the work of these mines is under thirteen years of age; and a still 
larger portion between thirteen and eighteen. That in several districts female Children 
begin to work in the mines at the same early age as the males 

By the mid-1800s, child labor had been recognized as a major problem. In England, a 

commission was appointed in 1840 to investigate. 

This lad is a pitiable specimen of a much enduring class of colliery [underground mine] 
boys, whose subsistence depends on their own exertions, often prematurely stimulated, 
either from being deprived of their fathers by death, or laboring under the curse of 
drunken, dissolute, and unfeeling parents, who would apathetically see their children 
enslave themselves, rather than contribute to their comfort by a single act of self-denial. 
These neglected beings turn out in the morning, taking with them a scanty bag of 
provisions, to be eaten in the bowels of the earth, where they toil out their daily dole of 
eight or ten hours; then return to a comfortless home, taking their chance of good 
meal, a bad one, or none at all. For a bed they are content with an old coal-sack laid 
upon straw, or occupy whatever portion they can secure of a family bed, which must 
suffice for three or four other inmates 

A public investigation exposed distressing situations termed by some as mine slavery . ^ 

Children began their life in the coal mines at five, six, or seven years of age. Girls and 
women worked like boys and men; they were less than half clothed, and worked 
alongside men who were stark naked. There were from twelve to fourteen working hours 
in the twenty-four, and these were often at night. Little girls of six or eight years of age 
made ten to twelve trips a day up steep ladders to the surface, carrying half a hundred 
weight of coal in wooden buckets on their backs at each journey. Young women appeared 
before the commissioners when summoned from their work, dressed merely in a pair of 
trousers, dripping wet from the water of the mine, and already weary with the labor of the 
day scarcely more than begun. A common form of labor consisted of drawing on hands 
and knees over the inequalities of a passageway not more than two feet or twenty-eight 
inches high a car or tub filled with three or four hundred weight of coal, attached by a 
chain and hooked to a leather band around the waist. ^ 



Fur. 14. 





Photo 2.2: Girl and older girl using a creel to move coal. (1842) 


The testimony of a young girl named Ellison Jack illustrated the hardship of her life as a mine 
worker. She would descend a pit ladder with a basket-like device, or creel, on her back that 
allowed the lumps of coal to rest on her back and shoulders. With this device, she could fill four 
or five tubs of coal during her day’s work. Each tub holding roughly 500 pounds meant she 
moved between 2,000 and 2,500 pounds of coal a day. Since each tub took her four trips, each 
load she carried was about 125 pounds. 

Large lumps of coal are then placed on the neck, and then she commences her journey to 




the pit bottom, first hanging her lamp to the cloth crossing her forehead. In this girl’s 
case she has first to travel fourteen fathom, eighty-four feet, from the wall face to the first 
ladder; this ladder is eighteen feet high. From this ladder she proceeds along the main 
road, that is probably from three feet six inches to four feet six inches high, and so on to 
the second ladder, which is eighteen feet high, and so to the third and fourth ladders, 
until she reaches the pit bottom, where she casts her load 



Photo 2.3: Typical passage a coal bearer traversed. (1842) 


Injuries and disease were commonplace. Many children died of diseases such as typhus, and 
women also had stillbirths due to the stressful conditions.-^ 




Photo 2.4: Child pulling corve. (1842) 


Other mine jobs, although not as labor intensive, were also dull and dreary. One job for boys was 
to wait all day long to open and close the gates for the wooden sleds, or corves, which were used 
for hauling coal. 

The trappers sit in a little hole scooped out for them in the side of the gates behind each 
door, where they sit with a string in their hands attached to the door, and pull it open the 
moment they hear the corves at hand; and the moment it passes they let the door fall to, 
which it does of its own weight... They have nothing else to do but as their office must be 
performed from the passing of the first to the passing of the last corve during the day, 
they are in the pit during the whole time it is worked, frequently above twelve hours a 
day. It is a most painful thing to contemplate the dull dungeon-like life these little 
creatures are doomed to spend—a life, for the most part, spent in solitude, damp, and 
darkness. They are allowed no light—but sometimes a good-natured collier will bestow a 
bit of candle upon them as a treats 



Photo 2.5: The Lonely Trapper Boy. (1914) 


In the early 1900s, children were still being employed by the mining industry. Even though 






children younger than 14 were officially prohibited from working, some as young as 9 or 10 
could be found employed in the mines. Due to improved machinery, boys were principally 
employed as coal breakers, picking out slate from coal as it was dumped into the mine cars. In 
the breakers where coal was dried, the coal dust was so dense that, even on bright days, light 
would not penetrate. Breaker boys needed to wear mine lamps on their caps to allow them to see 
the coal at their feet. Although safety precautions were taken, children sometimes suffered 
horrific deaths. 

It is true we occasionally hear of a little boy in the mine run over by a coal car, or kicked 
to death by a mule, or fatally injured by a piece offalling slate. And in the coal breakers 
little boys are sometimes ground in large crushers that break the coal, caught in the 
wheels or other machinery, or buried in a stream of coal—the death suffered recently by 
the little boy in Pittston [Pennsylvania] 

In the 1800s, children employed in glass manufacturing worked long hours in extremely 
challenging conditions. They suffered from a wide variety of physical problems. 

In the manufacture of glass... the hard labour, the irregularity of the hours, the frequent 
night-work, and especially the great heat of the working place (100 to 190 Fahrenheit), 
engender in children general debility and disease, stunted growth, and especially 
affections of the eye, bowel complaints, and rheumatic, and bronchial affections. Many of 
the children are pale, have red eyes, often blind for weeks at a time, suffer from violent 
nausea, vomiting, coughs, colds, and rheumatism... The glass-blowers usually die 
young of debility or chest infections . {m 

A 1906 article by Owen R. Lovejoy spoke about child labor in the manufacturing of glass. Boys 
worked near the blistering heat of the furnace and perfonned many jobs. Because glass 
manufacturing could continuously operate, boys were also employed to work at night. After 
laboring long hours in excessive heat, they were sent home early in the morning. 

It is significant that in many glass-houses one hardly finds the child of a glass-blower. 
One worker who spent his life in the glass-house when asked the reason replied: “1 
would rather send my boys straight to hell than send them by way of the glass-house. ” 

A young friend, whose character and family are well known, said recently that of the 175 
boys with whom he worked in an Indiana factory two years ago there were only ten at the 
end of the fire who were not confirmed drinkers of intoxicants 



Photo 2.6: Boys in the manufacturing of medicine bottles. (1914) 


In the early 1900s in the state of New York, children worked in the cannery industry for endless 
hours. The housing supplied for these seasonal workers was inadequate and unsanitary. As many 
as eight people were found living in a small room. The outhouses were unspeakably filthy. There 
were no screens covering the openings of the windows, permitting swarms of flies to travel from 
the filth of the outhouses to the small rooms that contained exposed food. The canners blamed 
God for the terrible plight of the children and women. 

“It’s the Lord’s fault; we cannot control the ripening of the crops, ” that canners gave in 
1912, as in previous years, as their excuse for beginning the work of 12 year old boys at 
3 A. M.,for working 10 year old girls 14V2 hours a day, for working women as many as 
100 hours a week 






Eight-year-old girls capped cans. They placed a small tin disk that was soldered to the cover on 
the filled cans of fruits and vegetables, capping 40 cans a minute. A child was hard pressed to 
keep up with that rate. 




Photo 2.8: At a Dangerous Capping Machine. (1913) 


In other industries, the difficult and dirty working conditions, long hours, and exposure to toxins 
such as lead created a variety of physical disabilities in many. 

...women and children in lacemaking were often kept at work during the busy season till 
nine, ten, and even twelve o ’clock at night; that the girls in dye-houses who carried wet 
goods on their backs into drying rooms at as high a temperature as 110, and then out on 
to the grass fields, were often summoned to work at four or five o ’clock in the morning; 
that there were more than 2,000 children under ten years of age at work in the 
Birmingham hardware industry, one-fourth of them under eight; and that weak-sight, 
blindness, and lead poisoning were prevalent in the potteries and other industries, 
which were carried on under shockingly unsanitary conditions 

An 1890 book on child labor describes the manufacture of paper boxes. Like other factory work, 
it involved long, endless hours of mind-numbing work. 

The ceilings were low and begrimed, the light not infrequently inadequate. Each worker 
is then provided with an oil-lamp whose smoke and fumes combine with the odors of the 
glue-pot and neglected water-closets to make the close room more hurtful. Piles of 
inflammable paper and stacks of boxes await but a spark to kindle a fire that would 
sweep the building before the dazed inmates could rush to the dark and dangerous stairs, 
only to find the way barred by packing-cases. In such death-traps thousands of children 



labor. The lame and humpbacked choose box-making as light work permitting them to sit. 
Their distorted figures and pain-marked features stand out sadly in the dim light behind 
long tables piled grotesquely with box-shapes 



Photo 2.9: A child employed as a doffer. (1914) 


A 1913 article in Good Housekeeping details the labor of children in the cotton mills. 

...a majority of the workers in the cotton mills are under 16, and that the ages of them run 
down to 6 and 7. The girls are used as “spinners ” and for the most part—walking up and 
down between the spinning frames and knotting threads that break; and the boys are 
employed as “doffers ’’—for the replacement of the empty bobbins with full ones. The 
hours that these children work is well nigh incredible. Either they toil from six in the 
morning until six at night, or from six at night until six in the morning... It is also the 
truth that the day-shift is frequently asked to work two and three nights a week, so that 
there are days when the child works for seventeen hours at a stretch 





Photo 2.10: Children 6, 8, and two of 12 years making hose supporters by lamplight. (1913) 


Children could also be employed at home, doing tedious work in what was known as tenement 
industries. This work involved the production of clothing or other products that factories hired 
out to be done at home. A 1913 Massachusetts Child Labor Committee report describes the 
difficult working conditions and the effects on children. 

It [work] is done in close, poorly-ventilated rooms, often in dirty kitchens and in 
unhygienic houses... The children work long hours and often late at night by lamplight. 
Small children offive, seven, and nine years of age work in a bending position until nine 
or ten o ’clock. This is bad for the eyes, causes nervous strain, interferes with the child’s 
schooling. The anemic, tired, nervous, overworked children are driven until they cry 
out against the abuse... A girl seven years old had worked sitting in the hot sun while 
she was sick with measles. The lack of care at that time was followed by her death... 

The breakdown of healthy family systems and the resultant infant neglect was a large contributor 
to disease in the past 200 years. Women and girls were often forced to work in order to survive. 
According to the 1901 English census, of the 13 million females older than 10, 4 million were 
working. The difficult working conditions often resulted in physical breakdown, leaving a 
population of children who were frequently neglected. 

Mothers employed in factories are, save during the dinner hours, absent from home all 
day long, and the care of their 

infants during their absence is entrusted to young children, hired nurse-girls, sometimes 
not more than eight or ten years of age ...^ 

Lack of knowledge regarding proper child care, combined with poverty, stressful working 




conditions, meager nutrition, improper hygiene, and poor sanitation, led to a large number of 
child deaths. 

Few facts receive more unanimous support from those in intimate touch with this question 
than the ignorance and carelessness of mothers in respect of infant management. Such 
ignorance shows itself not only in bad methods of artificial feeding, but in the exposure of 
the child to all sorts of injurious influences, and to uncleanly management and 
negligence. Death in infancy is probably more due to such ignorances and negligence 
than to almost any other cause, as becomes evident with we remember that epidemic 
diarrhoea, convulsions, debility, and atrophy, which are the most common causes of 
death, are brought about in large measure owing to improper feeding or ill-timed 
weaning; bronchitis and pneumonia are due not infrequently to careless exposure; and 
death from measles and whooping-cough is largely caused by mismanagement of nursing. 

! 48 ! 

Due to the extreme working conditions—long hours, revolting environments, little rest, poor 
nutrition—the resulting health of children was deplorable. Their weakened constitutions left 
them extremely susceptible to diseases of all types. 

The medical witnesses state that the general health is greatly deteriorated; that the 
Children are pale, thin, delicate, feeble, stunted in growth, more than usually 
susceptible to certain formidable diseases, and much less able than common to resist 
the ordinary causes of disease. The prevailing complain ts are general weakness, often 
amounting to fainting, pains in the head, side, back, and loins, palpitations, sickness, 
vomiting, and loss of appetite, curvature of the spine, scrofula, and consumption. The 
female health, in particular appears to be constantly and grievously disturbed 'fisi 

Children who began work so early in life were subjected to such long hours of labor did 
not grow so rapidly, nor reach their full stature, nor retain their vigor so late in life, as 
did the population outside of the factories 

In regard to health, also, there is no occupation which a child can pursue all day and 
every day without injury... As a matter offact there are a considerable percentage of 
accidents in the mills, and a high death rate from tuberculosis. But, we repeat, these 
incidental dangers might all be done away without affecting the fact that the mental 
strain involved in the noise of the mill, and the sheer muscular strain of any simple 
motion repeated past the point of fatigue do seriously weaken the growing child. Even 
where there is no immediate traceable injury, there is always an indirect effect whereby 
the child is made more susceptible to infection 



Photo 2.11 (Above): Massachusetts Mill Workers. (1914) 





Photo 2.12 (Above): Child factory workers. (1913) 


Children in industries were also exposed to a number of poisonous materials that impacted their 
health and immune systems. 

...crouching down out of sight behind bales ofpaper where arsenic is used; exposed to 
the poison of lead, mercury, phosphorus, copper, and other toxic influences; and the ills 
of the artificial humidity essential to the spinning of cotton, flax, wool, and silk. The 
difficulty is to “catch them at it, ” to discover them really at work, and then to prove that 
they are under the age required by law, for, as these little people say themselves “It is 
easy to fix the Board of Health certificate if you only know how. ” Lead poisoning, or 
plumbism, causes loosening and dropping out of teeth, frightful colic, blindness, 
paralysis, and sometimes death in convulsions. Phosphorous ulcerates the gums, 
causes decay of bone, terrible disfigurements, blindness, and paralysis of the wrists, 
and often death. Mercury gives rise to anemia, or bloodlessness, to spongy gums, 
loosened teeth, and paresis [impaired movement] of the limbs. Nitric acid, used for 
cleaning, may cause instant death. The germs of lockjaw reside in hides, wool, and fur 




Photo 2.13: Only a box for a house, and railroad yard for a playground. (1919) 


Into the early 1900s, many children of the working poor lived in crowded tenements with no 
yards. When they had free time, their playgrounds were the city streets or worse. A 1920 article 
in Good Housekeeping stated that 250,000 children died each year in the United States due to 
poverty. 

There is no escape from the conclusion that the United States, the richest nation in the 
world, is allowing every year a quarter of a million of her own children to be killed by 
poverty. All other causes come back, in the last analysis, to that one . ^ 

The world we enjoy today is built in part on the ceaseless labors of children of the past. The 
conditions they worked and lived in were just as horrifying as they were for the adults of the 
time. Extreme working conditions, poor nutrition, and lack of sanitation and hygiene left many 
children in a terrible state of health. Unfortunately, many children elsewhere in the world today 
are subject to similar working conditions and poverty. 





3. Disease—A Way of Life 


Like beasts, like maniacs, the people fell on them... There is no more dreadful sight than 
such popular anger thirsting for blood and throttling its defenseless victims... In the Rue 
Vaugirard, where two men were killed... I saw one of these unfortunates when he was still 
breathing and the old hags were just pulling the wooden shoes from their feet and beating 
him on the head with them till he was dead. He was quite naked and bloody and mashed; 
they had torn off not only his clothes but his hair, his sex, and his nose, and one ruffian tied 
a rope to the feet of the corpse and dragging it through the streets, shouting constantly, 

“Voila le Cholera-morbus!” 

- Heinrich Hein (1797-1856), 1832 Paris cholera epidemic 

...the cupidity [extreme greed] of landlords had tempted them to build up narrow alleys with 
small wooden tenements, which, costing but little, and being let to numerous families, yield 
immense profits. The alley is often not more than six feet wide, paved with round stones and 
with very insufficient means for draining off the water. It is not uncommon in such situations 
to find one or two apartments in each house entirely under ground. Can we wonder if in 
such a state of things we find moral as well as physical disease, vice as well as sickness? 

Can we expect men who live thus to be sober and orderly, or women to be cleanly and 
domestic? In such situations, during the summer months, diarrhoea and dysentery are rife, 

and among children fatal. 

- New York physician Benjamin McCready (1813-1892), 1837 

Infectious diseases were a constant terror during the 1800s. With increasingly dense populations, 
wars, and abject poverty, diseases of all varieties exacted a horrendous toll. The poverty-stricken 
masses carried the brunt of the relentless assaults of these diseases, yet no class was spared. 
Periodic epidemics and pandemics swept across the globe, wreaking havoc and killing millions, 
rivaling the horrors of war. Abysmal sanitation, hygiene, nutrition, and working and living 
conditions, combined with a sense of utter hopelessness, laid the foundation for the devastation. 

Sanitation was not a new concept. In the time of the Old Testament, there were clear-cut biblical 
rules laid out governing the management and disposal of dangerous human waste and rubbish 
outside the cities and away from water sources. Greece and Rome also perfected well-regulated 
public health systems. During the Dark Ages, these ideas simply dropped out of the collective 
memory in many areas of the world. 

In the United Kingdom, as a result of the Enclosures Act that pushed people off common land 
and the Industrial Revolution, dispossessed people suddenly massed into cities. People lived 
waist deep in their own midden heaps in overcrowded hovels, drinking filthy polluted water and 
eating terrible food. These living conditions were the single common factor that led to rampant 
disease epidemics. 



Dr. French noted the influences of living conditions on disease in an article published in 1888. 

The depressing influences of extreme poverty, filth in all its forms, and the 
overcrowding of large cities, are great promoters of contagion, resulting in epidemics, 
plagues, and pestilences; while strict cleanliness, fresh air, pure water, and hygienic 
living; tend greatly to restrict its spread and prevent these results... The death-rate 
among infants and young children is especially influenced by the five principal acute 
contagious or infectious diseases — namely, measles, scarlet fever, small-pox, diphtheria, 
and whooping-cough 

The gastrointestinal tract is known to contain around 70 percent of a person’s immunity. 
With insults to a healthy digestive system from toxins, infections, and parasites in water 
and food, it is easy to see how myriad diseases were able to take hold. 

Typhoid fever 

Typhoid fever is caused by food or water that’s contaminated with Salmonella typhi bacteria. 
Symptoms of typhoid fever include fever, general ill feeling, and abdominal pain. As the disease 
progresses, the person experiences a high fever with severe diarrhea. Like cholera and dysentery, 
typhoid fever was a disease that evolved outof improper sanitation and defective civilization.-^ 

But while it is true both historically and as a fact of to-day, that typhoid fever is a disease 
of civilization, it ought to be clearly understood that it is only a disease of defective 
civilization, for it has gradually become notorious that the widespread or frequent 
occurrence of typhoid fever in any community must be due, somehow, to defective 
sanitation; and defective sanitation means defective civilization . lM 

Like other diseases of poor sanitation, typhoid fever killed thousands. In the late 1800s to the 
early 1900s, it was estimated that 40,000 to 50,000 people died from the disease in the United 
States every year. 1521 

From Januaty, 1907, to October, 1911, there occurred in Russia 283,684 cases of Asiatic 
cholera. This included the appalling epidemic of 1910. According to a conservative 
estimate there occurred in the United States during the same period one million and a 
quarter cases of typhoid fever, or more than four cases of typhoid fever in the United 
States for every case of cholera in Russia. We heard a great deal of the ravages of 
cholera in Italy in 1910-11, yet in these two years there occurred in Italy about 16,000 
cases of cholera and about 6,000 deaths and in the United States in the same period we 
had more than a half million cases of typhoid fever and 50,000 deaths , ml 

The disease wreaked havoc on the military and was the major killer of US soldiers during the 
Spanish-American War. It was epidemic in the national encampments, accounting for 86.8 
percent of the total deaths from disease during the war. 12 ^ The Civil War was also plagued by 
typhoid. 

Although typhoid had a high mortality rate (36.9 percent) in the Civil War, diarrhea 
and dysentery—nicknamed the “Tennessee quickstep—caused more disability and 


death among Union and Confederate soldiers than any other disease. Records from 
Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, and from Confederate army surgeons 
suggest that at least 90 percent of the soldiers had diarrhea, and that throughout the 
conflict few ever experienced a normal bowel movement. Speaking for the Union, Walt 
Whitman noted that the war had been “about nine hundred and ninety-nine parts 
diarrhea to one part glory. ” As most soldiers realized early, “Good guts were more 
important to good soldiering than good brains. ,,M1 

Tainted food was also a source of disease epidemics. In July 1879, in a canton of Zurich, 
Switzerland, a large number of people came down with what was considered to be typhoid fever, 
referred to by some as sausage poisoning. 

513 persons of all ages sat down to a cold collation of veal and ham, both of inferior 
quality. Of that number, 421 were subsequently seized with an acute febrile disease which 
was at the time looked upon as typhoid. Thirty-four other persons who had obtained meat 
from the same butcher were also attacked with similar symptoms; and subsequently, a 
further number of eleven offifteen who had also been supplied by the same butcher. 

These cases appear to have ushered an epidemic of what was described as typhoid fever. 
The symptoms were those of severe gastro-intestinal irritation, with high fever, delirium, 
stupor, congestion of the lungs, and great prostration... With reference to this epidemic, 
the significant remark occurs—“But great doubts have been expressed as to whether it 
was really typhoid fever, or a form ofpoisoning resembling sausage-poisoning. 

Cholera 

Cholera is a disease of poor sanitation and crowding. It is a bacterial infection of the small 
intestine that results in copious watery diarrhea and vomiting and leads to death with agonizing 
cramps and dehydration. Infants, children, and adults were all its victims during pandemics that 
resulted in enonnous numbers of sick and dead. 

The increased commercial trade and travel, combined with atrocious hygienic conditions 
worldwide, brought forth six cholera pandemics in the 1800s. The first pandemic started in 1816, 
and the last ended in 1926 (Graph 3.1). 


Graph 3.1 (below): Six cholera pandemics. The first pandemic started in 1816, and the last ended in 1926. 











































Graph 3.1 (above): Six cholera pandemics. The first pandemic started in 1816, and the last ended in 1926. 


More than 15 million cholera deaths in India are estimated to have occurred between 
1817 and 1860... The disease reaches Russia, causing Cholera Riots in the streets of 
major urban centers... In 1849, a second cholera wave occurred in Paris and London. It 
was the worst outbreak in London’s history, claiming 14,137 lives, more than twice as 
many as the 1832 outbreak. The 1849 cholera outbreak in Ireland is estimated to have 
killed as many people as died during the Irish Famine. Cholera also followed along with 
the settlers heading to the California gold rush, with 6,000 to 12,000 dying in 1849. 
Russia was affected early in this cholera pandemic (3rd pandemic), with more than 1 
million deaths... In North America, 3,500 people (5.5% of Chicago’s population) died of 
cholera in 1854, with up to 150,000 Americans dying of cholera between 1832 and 
1860... London’s epidemic in 1852-1854 killed 10,738... By 1866, the outbreak reached 
North America, causing up to 50,000 deaths... The 1883-1887 epidemic claimed 250,000 
lives in Europe and, in spreading, killed at least 50,000 in America, 267,890 in Russia, 
120,000 in Spain, 90,000 in Japan, 60,000 in Persia, and more than 58,000 in Egypt... 
The major Russian cities reported more than 500,000 cholera deaths during the first 
quarter of the 20th century 

In 1832 cholera prevailed in France, and within the year caused 120,000 deaths, 7,000 of 
which occurred in Paris in the space of eighteen days 

Cholera struck the United States in 1849, leaving a wide path of devastation. The disease 
appeared in the South in early spring and spread quickly throughout the country, causing scores 
of deaths in many towns and villages. In an attempt to stop the epidemic and purify the 
atmosphere, huge piles of wood were burned. The smoke hung low in the heavy midsummer air. 

Thousands fled panic-stricken before the scourge, while days offasting, humiliation, and 
prayer were appointed in view of its probable advent... The streets were empty except for 
the doctors rushing from victim to victim, and the coffin makers and undertakers 
following closely on their heels 

Human and animal waste continuously emptied into the only source of water for the people. 
Lack of knowledge in basic hygiene and primitive or nonexistent sanitation fueled these almost 
unbroken pandemics of cholera during the 1800s and into the early 1900s. ^ People were under 
siege from chemicals and toxins that left their battered immune systems at a huge disadvantage. 

...drinking water presented a growing problem. The spill-offfrom the slaughterhouses 
and the glue factories, the chemicals of the commercial manufacturers, and all of 
Chicago’s raw sewage had begun to contaminate the drinking water. Chicagoans had 
endured the cholera epidemic of1848, an epidemic caused by polluted water; nearby 
Lake Michigan was far more contaminated in the 1850s 

Dysentery 

Dysentery is an inflammation of the intestine caused by bacteria or an ameba. It is characterized 
by severe diarrhea with blood and mucus in the feces. Like cholera, dysentery is spread by fecal 



contamination of food and water, usually in impoverished areas with poor sanitation. These 
diseases of poor sanitation resulted in a monstrous loss of life. 

The Union army in the Civil War (1861-65) lost 186,216 men to disease, twice the 
number killed in action; nearly half were claimed by typhoid and dysentery. 

During the US Civil War, life within the prison stockades was frightful. Those who died were 
often buried without coffins in mass graves. Conditions for the sick prisoners were appalling, 
with “hospitals” supplying little comfort or any hope of help. 

The hospital itself was a group of worn-out tents, many of them leaky and some of them 
without sides. There were no bunks and but little straw. Hundreds of patients lay upon the 
bare ground. Their food differed little from that of the prisoners within the stockade 
though the surgeon in charge was able to obtain small quantities offour and arrowroot. 

The prevalent diseases were scurvy, diarrhea, dysentery, and hospital gangrene. {m 

Typhus fever 

Typhus fever is different than typhoid fever and is caused by a rickettsial bacterium most 
commonly transmitted by the bite of the body louse, which feeds on the blood of humans as it 
spreads disease. It is considered a fdth disease and occurs where there is poor hygiene and 
sanitation. The vitality of the germs increases in direct proportion to overcrowding and 
inadequate ventilation.-^ 21 Typhus was another disease that killed enonnous numbers of people at 
different times and places in history. 

Like the war itself, typhus began in Serbia, with 10,000 cases as early as November 1914; 
within six months, deaths had leapt to 150,000. With the revolution of 1917 and the civil 
war, typhus ran riot in Russia: between 1917 and 1921 Russia had 25 million cases 
with up to 3 million deaths . im 

...Henry P. Davison, Chairman of the League of Red Cross Association, who declared 
there were 230,000 cases of typhus fever in Poland... According to information sent by 
Colonel E. R. Gilchrist, head of the United States Medical Unit in Poland, 95 per cent of 
the population has been or is now suffering with typhus. The mortality has run from 15 
to 60 per cent , tz P 

Sir David Henderson, Director General of the newly created League of Red Cross 
Societies, with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, said last night that the league, at the 
beginning of its organization was confronted with one of the most serious scourges since 
the Middle Ages—the typhus epidemic in Eastern Europe... There were more than 
120,000 cases in Poland alone in July, and conditions are growing worse. We are 
approaching the worst season for typhus now. Typhus goes with dirt, and our chief 
difficulty is in keeping the people clean. We sent soap, but then there was no coal to heat 
the water. We have sent fresh clothes, but we have been unable to supply enough. There is 
a great lack of materials, hospitals are unequipped, and there is only one doctor to every 
10,000 


Diphtheria 


Diphtheria is a term used to describe a particular type of upper-respiratory illness. The 
determinant of clinical diphtherial disease is not the bacteria Corynebacterium diphtheriae, but 
rather a toxigenic virus (bacteriophage) that infects some of the bacteria. The vast majority of 
diphtheria bacteria are actually never invaded by a bacteriophage. However when the bacteria are 
invaded, there is a possibility of serious clinical disease. The virus switches on bacterial toxin 
genes, which lead to symptoms such as the leathery thick parchment-like secretion that can cover 
the back of the throat and obstruct breathing and swallowing. 

In severe cases, the toxin is distributed to distant organs by the circulatory system and can cause 
paralysis and congestive heart failure. In the era of slum living and poor nutrition, as with other 
infectious diseases, considerable numbers of people died with diphtheria. 

Diphtheria cases are averaging sixty a day, according to statistics to the Department of 
Health. Health Commissioner Royal S. Copeland said yesterday that an epidemic stage is 
being approached. Since the beginning of the year there have been 2, 773 cases of the 
disease and 274 deaths... “A death from diphtheria should be condemned just as 
severely as a death from typhoid fever,” said the statement. “Both are entirely 
unnecessary and represent what is in effect a sanitary crime... ,,im 

An infectious disease, dreaded in childhood, but also affecting adults, is diphtheria. The number 
of deaths, caused by it [diphtheria] among the ten million inhabitants of the larger towns in 
Germany during the ten years 1882-1891 amounted to 111,021 and of every thousand deaths 45 
are due to the disease. In 1892 the death-rate from diphtheria was 12,361 or 41 per 1,000.^ 

Seldom has a community been so alarmed as are the country people along the line of Berks and 
Lehigh Counties, where two counties join and where diphtheria rages in such a violent epidemic 
form. Nothing like it has ever affected a similar stretch of country in this section with such fatal 
results. Many families have lost their children. An estimate made to-day of the number of 
funerals held places the deaths within the confines of 10 square miles at not less than 60 and 
probably more. 1251 

Pertussis 

Pertussis, commonly called whooping cough, is a toxin-mediated bacterial disease that can cause 
uncontrollable and violent coughing, which is far worse in the undernourished. Whooping cough 
begins like a common cold, with hoarseness; watering eyes and nose; a short, dry cough; and 
fever. The fever gives way, and the short, dry cough can be followed by a whoop-sounding 
cough that often, though not always, characterizes this disease. 

Whooping cough is epidemic in every portion of Philadelphia, and tens of thousands of 
little children are suffering from the disease. It is in the homes of both rich and poor, and 
as soon as one child in a square is attacked all the children on the same street become 
affected. Pneumonia and bronchitis often follow in its train, and in severe cases which 
have been neglected the lungs are so weakened that the patient offers fruitful ground for 
the seeds of consumption [tuberculosis]. ^ 


Significant figures concerning children ’s diseases were given by Dr. Royal S. Haynes... 
“Whooping cough, ” said Dr. Haynes, “kills more babies under one year of age than any 
other contagious disease. There are almost as many deaths from whooping cough as from 
typhoid. ” He gave startling statistics showing the “harmless ” diseases. The deaths in 
New York in 1910 from measles were 785; scarlet fever, 953; whooping cough, 461; 
diphtheria, 1,715; and smallpox only 5... In the same year the dreaded typhoid caused 
only 558 deaths 

Scarlet fever 

Scarlet fever is another toxin-mediated bacterial disease. The bacteria involved are Streptococcus 
pyogenes, also known as group A strep. The disease got its name from the red rash that appears 
on the skin, mostly on the chest and abdomen, which can then spread to the entire body. In 
susceptible individuals, symptoms are caused by toxins that the bacteria produce as a result of a 
specific bacteriophage (virus) that can integrate into the Streptococcal genome, instructing the 
bacteria to produce the toxin. 

In some people, serious complications such as heart and kidney disease can arise. These 
complications are actually the result of an autoimmune reaction from the antibody produced in 
response to the infection. Antibodies are thought to be good, but in reality they can cause 
problems whether induced by a vaccine or an infection. 

The idea that antibiotics have eliminated the disease is a fallacy. Scarlet fever still exists, yet the 
mortality is nothing like it used to be and declined long before antibiotics. In fact, antibiotics 
actually seem to increase the toxin release from the bacteria.-^ In the 1800s and early 1900s, 
when people were undernourished and sickly, scarlet fever resulted in a great many deaths. 

During the fifteen years 1847-1861 inclusive, the deaths from scarlatina and diphtheria 
in England and Wales amounted to 262,429, and in London alone to 38,890. In other 
words, one out of every twenty-three deaths occurring in London was due to scarlatina... 
The reader whose own family has been visited by the fell destroyer, can figure to himself 
the vast amount of human misery which these figures imply. Although not uncommonly 
the disease runs such a mild course that medical treatment is almost unnecessary, it is, on 
the other hand, but too true, that very many cases are amenable to no treatment 
whatever 

Hempstead, Long Island, Nov. 20, 1884—Scarlet fever is raging in Smithville South and 
vicinity to such an extent that the schools have been closed on that account. Three deaths 
from the disease have occurred ... ^ 

Canandaigua, N.Y., April 29, 1884—There have been 16 deaths from scarlet fever in this 
village within eight days. The Board of Health has issued an order prohibiting public 
funerals and commending the adoption of other sanitary regulations as the epidemic 
continues 


Measles 


Unlike the diseases discussed so far, measles is a viral infection. Initial symptoms include runny 
nose, hacking cough, high fever, and aches and pains. Measles is characterized by small red, 
irregularly shaped spots with white centers that appear on the skin. Like other diseases, measles 
epidemics resulted in many deaths. 

The startling mortality among children from the little-regarded ailment of measles was 
indicated to-day by a statement issued by the State Department of Health, showing that in 
1906 there were 1,463 deaths from it, 1,240 being of children under 5 years of age. In 
December alone 2,807 cases of the disease were reported, and a search of the records 
shows that it kills 2% times more children than does scarlet fever. ^ 

Thousands of natives of Herschel Island are along the Arctic coast are dying of 
measles... They are dying off like rabbits, and there seems to be nothing to check the 
death rate. The march of civilization has increased the death rate from Nome north. Two 
years ago the devastation began, and it has continued since. When the natives began to 
wear civilized man’s clothing, and drink white man’s whisky, then began their decline. 
Pneumonia, rheumatism, grip, and every conceivable malady made their appearance 
among them and spread along the coast with appalling results 

Yellow fever 

Yellow fever is an acute viral disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes. In 1855 yellow fever 
devastated the towns of Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Gosport, Virginia, and the surrounding areas. 
The plague was unrelenting, killing thousands and leaving cities with the highest mortality rates 
nearly deserted. 

...the main business street of the city was utterly silent. Not a store was open; only two 
druggists ’ shops gave evidence of life. Thoroughfares lately vocal with the bustle of 
Trade, are now silent as midnight, their stillness broken only by the footfalls of nurses 
hurrying to the apothecary for medicines. A very few weeks have sufficed to turn a 
population of a least Twenty Thousand, lately residing in Norfolk and its suburbs, 
scarcely Three Thousand remains... A common spectacle in the streets is a cart laden 
with coffins, which are deposited at some convenient street-corner, and removed hence by 
the undertakers as occasion demands. Three or four of these coffins often stand together. 
The dead are immediately taken out of the houses and placed upon the sidewalks: a strip 
or parchmen t inscribed with the name, age and date of the decease of the victim, being 
nailed upon the lid of each coffin... The deaths here have been recently numbered fifty, 
sixty, seventy — aye, very nearly eighty per day in our remnant of a population of about six 
thousand, at most, seven thousand! The rich, the poor—old and young, white and 
colored, all have been indiscriminately leveled down by the disease which now holds 
fearful sway in our once happy city, throughout whose streets, avenues and squares there 
reign a silence and a desolation that are sickening and oppressive beyond description.^ 

The article in the New York Times describes a scene of swarming insects covering coffins, which 
reads more like a modem-day horror novel than a news report. 

Soon after the attack, the skin of the white patient takes on a yellowish tinge, similar to 


that of a lemon or orange. Black patients undergo a similar metamorphosis—their hue 
changes to bronze. In all cases, the progress of the fever is very rapid and very often 
fatal... Since the fatal epidemic has prevailed in our city, a most singular looking fly has 
made its appearance... its body is about the size of the common fly, of a yellowish color... 
They fly together in swarms, and may be seen in large numbers on the fig trees—but their 
great point of attraction seems to be the coffins in which repose the ill-fated victims of 
“Yellow Jack. ” We took a stroll out to that Golgotha of burial grounds, Potters Field, 
yesterday, and was intensely horrified at the seeing many of the coffins that lay on the 
ground, scattered around, awaiting internment, literally black with these loathsome little 
insects, that squirmed themselves upon one another so thick as to exclude the coffin 
entirely from sight. ^ 

Cities in the southern United States were accustomed to frequent epidemics and were sometimes 
stricken with multiple illnesses at the same time, causing widespread panic. 

Memphis in 1873 was attacked from three quarters at once—by yellow fever, smallpox 
and cholera. The people fled in a panic, leaving half the houses vacant.^ 

Consumption 

Many other diseases plagued the people of the 1800s and the early 1900s. Tuberculosis is a 
bacterial infection that affects the lungs. It was once kn own as “consumption” because it wasted 
away, or consumed, its victims. 

One of the most potent factors in the production of consumption, and especially in 
tenements, is overcrowding and consequent foulness of the air. “The respiration of 
impure air, ” says one great authority on tuberculosis, “directly debilitates the vital 
powers, enfeebles the nervous system, depresses the appetite, deranges the secretions, 
and leads to the retention of effete matters in the blood. 

Together, pneumonia and tuberculosis were by far the biggest killers of the time. 

...tuberculosis and pneumonia are in the lead, causing, respectively, death-rates of 1.16 
and 1.02 per 1,000 living, with deaths by violence, heart disease, and carcinoma in the 
next places... Consumption and pneumonia are far in the lead, causing together about 
one-fifth of the total deaths 

The bare statements that no less than 700,000 men and women of working age in this country are 
afflicted by a preventable and curable disease and more than 92,000 of them die annually from 
the disease, sound startling. This is the case, and tuberculosis is the disease. Yet the 92,000 or 
more workers who die from tuberculosis are only 70 per cent of the total death toll from this 
disease. During the past year 132,000 persons of all ages died from tuberculosis in the 
United States. 1 ^ 

Although these infectious diseases are often considered as separate illnesses, they could strike 
together or shortly after each other. 


Diphtheria, when epidemic, also frequently complicates measles. Much of the mortality 
from measles in this city, since the year 1858, was due to this caused 

At the Eurana Schwab Home near Huguenot, S. I., at first known as St. Joseph’s-by-the-Sea, an 
epidemic of measles with scarlet fever and pneumonia, has existed among the 300 young 
children, during which twenty have died of more than 150 who have been affected... “The 
children that come to us, you should remember, are the unwelcome children of the world,” said 
she [Sister Teresa], “They do not get proper care. They are always weak and frail when we get 
them. It is not strange that when disease breaks out, 20 out of 150 should perish.” 1211 

...one of the most serious combinations is that of measles with diphtheria. I cannot escape 
the impression that the organism attacked by measles off less resistance to the 
intoxication and infection from diphtheria... when measles follows diphtheria with an 
almost simultaneous infection, both diseases may influence each other in a very ominous 
manner. A strong boy aged seven years, in good circumstances, taken ill upon February 
18th, from diphtheria, which rapidly assumed dimensions in the pharynx. On February 
20th he received 600 antitoxin units, and on February 21st, after I visited him for the first 
time, he at once received 1,500 more... Upon March 2d an eruption of measles appeared, 
at once severe apathy and high graded asthenia [loss of strength] occurred; gallop 
rhythm... During the night, from March 8th to 9th, death occurred. In this case the 
periods of infection with the contagium of measles and diphtheria were close together 

Puerperal fever 

One of the ugliest, most tragic, and most avoidable chapters in the history of medicine is that of 
puerperal fever. Puerperal fever is the name given to a deadly infection that affected many 
mothers in the immediate post-partum period. Severe pain, pelvic abscesses, sepsis, high fever, 
and agonizing death were brought about by an ascending infection introduced by the 
contaminated hands of doctors and unsterile medical instruments. There is no single type of 
microorganism responsible, though the most common bacteria isolated after the germ theory was 
developed was Beta haemolytic streptococcus, Lanceficld Group A. 

In the United States, Europe, New Zealand, Sweden, and wherever conventional midwifery was 
abandoned and taken over by the new male midwives known as obstetricians and medical 
students, puerperal fever followed. 

Man-midwifery was an uncertain but increasingly fashionable and sometimes quite 
lucrative area of practice for physicians; it may, for this reason, have been a field in 
which ideas about theory and practice were particularly strongly contested. Midwifeiy, 
formerly the preserve of women, was receiving increasing attention from medical men — 
both physicians and surgeons—during the eighteenth century. Prominent within this area 
of practice were the surgeons, for whom midwifery was seen as a natural extension of 
their activities. Surgeons had traditionally been called in to difficult births by midwives, 
usually when there was a need to extract an already dead foetus from the womb in order 
to save a mother \s life. During the eighteenth century, surgeons were increasingly finding 
ways to extend their practice into the area of normal childbirth. Men-midwives, although 
recognized by society as holding respectable positions and possessing expertise, found 


their status limited by the “hands-on ” nature of their work. Nevertheless, within broader 
social terms, man-midwifery could be seen as a field of financial and career opportunity. 
These ambiguities and uncertainties within the status of men-midwives may have 
contributed to the intensity and competitiveness of the debates which can be found in 
their writings 

Puerperal fever, also known as childbed fever, was a disease mediated by doctor arrogance. Dr. 
Oliver Wendell Holmes of the United States and Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis of Austria were 
prominent, long-suffering advocates for women, who tried to get the medical profession to wash 
their hands and practice more like the traditional midwives did. Both were ignored and even 
professionally attacked for their views. After years of mental anguish, watching women die 
needlessly, they left the field of medicine in disgust. Dr. Holmes became a writer. In 1865 Dr. 
Semmelweis was deceived into entering an insane asylum and when he tried to escape, he was 
severely beaten by guards. A gangrenous wound to his hand, probably caused by the beating, led 
to his untimely death two weeks later. 

The reason it is important to never forget the history of puerperal fever is because the massive 
loss of maternal life impacted husbands, surviving infants, older surviving children, the family 
unit, society... and the statistics on life expectancy. Yet we rarely hear the words “puerperal 
fever” mentioned or discussed. 

The epidemic of women and babies dying is documented from records as early as 1746, where 
more than 50 percent of mothers who gave birth in a Paris hosptial died. 1211 However, the best 
and most comprehensive writing on the problem came from Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis in his book, 
Etiology, Concept, and Prophylaxis of Childbed Fever. After noting that the mothers who were 
tended by medical doctors had more than three times the rate of death than those who were 
tended by midwives and that those who were not internally examined lived, he suspected a 
contagious agent. Doctors often went from touching infected corpses in the cadaver dissection 
lab, to the maternity ward, where they examined women and delivered babies without 
handwashing. 

Dr. Semmelweis directed the doctors of his hospital to use a chlorinated lyme solution on their 
hands prior to touching women. When doctors and medical students complied, the maternal 
mortality rate went from a high of 32 percent down to zero. Using a similar antiseptic technique, 
Dr. Breisky of Prague reported in 1882 that he delivered 1,100 women in succession without a 
single death. 1251 

Dr. Semmelweis held several sequential staff positions, and wherever his hygiene method was 
followed, maternal mortality rates dropped. But most of his contemporaries ignored such 
outrageous and offensive “nonsense.” 

Doctors were insulted at the suggestion that their hands were dirty 1251 , and many had the 
arrogance to continue to ignore factual evidence showing that they were the cause of maternal 
suffering and death up until the 1940s when antibiotics were invented. 

After the invention of antibiotics, puerperal fever dropped significantly, but Semmelweis’ and 
Breisky’s records proved that doctors could have stopped almost all the puerperal fever deaths 


from occurring in the 1700s if they had only washed their hands and their instruments and 
stopped using unnecessarily invasive birthing techniques. 

Another example, from Britain, was the widespread use of chloroform and forceps by 
general practitioners in uncomplicated deliveries between 1870 and the 1940s. This was 
described by one observer as a tendency a “little short of murder” and accounted for 
many unnecessary deaths. 1221 

Considering that one-fifth of the population consisted of women of childbearing age and that a 
higher than 30 percent maternal mortality rate was not uncommon, the impact on society, life 
expectancy statistics, and the infectious disease rate (infants whose mothers died around 
childbirth had a four times higher risk of dying, most commonly from infections ) was enonnous. 
Yet vaccine enthusiasts never mention this tragedy in their assessment of history and infectious 
disease. Instead, vaccines are lauded as the great gift to humanity when, in fact, had doctors 
simply washed their hands, they would have prevented countless millions of deaths and 
raised the life expectancy curve markedly. 


Preventable medical error is well documented all throughout the world and is the third leading cause of death in the 
United States (225,000 deaths per year*), with similar numbers wherever the same medical paradigms are 
implemented. 

Yet every time an unvaccinated person enters their office, zealously pro-vaccine doctors arrogantly overlook the 
truth that a person’s risk of dying or being maimed from accepted medical practice they offer, is far, far higher than 
any possible death or maiming from a supposedly vaccine-preventable disease. 

♦Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, “Is US Health Really the Best in the World?” Journal of the American Medical 
Association, vol. 284, no. 4, July 26, 2000, pp. 483-485. 


The end result of puerperal fever was millions of motherless children relegated to die, or to live a 
life of malnutrition and disease, often forced to work in mines, factories, and sweat shops. 
Puerperal fever fueled a social bonfire that left enormous damage in its path. If those infants had 
mothers to breastfeed them and love them and the older siblings had a mother at home to tend to 
their needs, the disease and misery of the 1700s to 1900s would have been far less prominent. 
Doctors today believe that vaccines would have reduced those diseases, while they ignore the 
fact that their own predecessors created one of the situations which resulted in high disease rates 
and low life expectancy. 

There are numerous reputable sources that clearly demonstrate how improved living conditions, 
more nutritious food, better obstetric care, and other non-vaccine elements were responsible for 
the decline in infectious disease death rates. Despite this clear evidence, today’s vaccine 
proponents continuously and falsely claim that vaccines are the principal reason for the increase 
in life expectancy we enjoy today. 

In the pages that follow, you will be able to decide for yourself what makes more sense. Was it 
the vaccines? Or were there other factors that corresponded with the timing of decline in death 
rates? If so, are they to thank for our longer life expectancy? If the answer is that it was not the 
vaccines, should the World Health Organization (WHO) be working in a different direction 






today, in poor countries that mirror the conditions of our past? 



4. Smallpox and the First Vaccine 


...they lye on their hard matts, the poxe breaking and mattering, and running one into 
another, their skin cleaving to the matts they lye on; they turne them, a whole side will flea 

off at once. 

- William Bradford (1590-1657), 1634 

Fresh vesicles subsequently formed around the vaccination pocks coalescing with them and 
causing them to spread. They developed also on the face, head, body, and in the mouth, the 
later prevented the child from suckling, and it died exhausted on the 45 th day after 

vaccination. 

- Case of a healthy child after vaccination, March 13, 1891 

Try re-vaccination—It never will hurt you, 

For re-vaccination has this one great virtue: 

Should it injure or kill you whenever you receive it, 

We all stand prepared to refuse to believe it. 

- From a circular signed “The Doctors,” 1876 

Human smallpox, also known as Orthopox variola, was a notorious infectious viral entity that 
served up a febrile illness and painful, oozing skin lesions (pox) to its victims. The disease not 
only disfigured but often led to death. 

The most deadly feature of the new towns was the close proximity of human beings to 
each other. For example, the report of a health officer for Darlington in the 1850s found 
six children, aged between 2 and 17, suffering from smallpox in a one-roomed dwelling 
shared with their parents, and elder brother and an uncle. They all slept together on rags 
on the floor, with no bed. Millions of similar cases could be cited, with conditions 
getting even worse as disease victims died and their corpses remained rotting among 
families in single-roomed accommodations for days, as the family scraped together the 
pennies to bury them . {m 

Smallpox completely disappeared from the United States by 1949, and worldwide by 1980. Most 
people today believe that the infectious menace was vanquished by the power of a vaccine. 

Battling the speckled monster 

The first endeavor aimed at preventing smallpox in the Western world began with Lady Mary 
Wortley Montagu in 1717. She returned from the Ottoman Empire with knowledge of a practice 
called variolation, which entailed taking a small amount of material from a human smallpox 


lesion and scratching it into the skin of another person. 1221 If all went well, the recipient would 
suffer a mild attack of smallpox and then become immune to the disease. The hope behind 
infecting people with smallpox at a time and in a setting of their choosing was that, in a 
controlled environment while at optimal health, they would fare better against the disease than 
leaving infection to chance. 

Two problems with variolation were that it could result in death and the procedure spread disease 
into surrounding communities. 

The ensuing and protecting attack of smallpox was by no means always a mild one; it has 
been reckoned that two or three persons died out of every hundred inoculated. Further, 
many people rightly suspected that inoculation, even though it might protect the 
individual by a mild attack, spread the disease more widely by multiplying the foci of 
infection. For these reasons inoculation fell into general disrepute in Europe after 1728. 
um 

James Kirkpatrick arrived in London from Charleston, South Carolina, and described the 1738 
epidemic, stressing that inoculation was outstandingly successful. Because of his enthusiasm, 
inoculation regained favor throughout Europe: 

In London, after the revival of Kirkpatrick’s influences in 1743, inoculation became a 
lucrative branch of surgical practice... almost exclusively among the well-to-do. The 

operation was by no means so simple as it looked. It required the combined wits of a 
physician, surgeon, and an apothecary; while the preparation of the patient to receive the 
matter was an affair of weeks and much physicking and regimen. The inoculation was for 
a long time the privilege of those who could afford to pay for it . iml 

During a 1752 epidemic of smallpox in Boston, some figures showed that more people died 
when exposed to natural smallpox than when they contracted smallpox through inoculation. This 
indicated that inoculation could possibly be helpful, particularly for whites. 

The small-pox in cold countries is more fatal to blacks than whites. In Boston small-pox 
of 1752, there died whites in the natural way about one in eleven, by inoculation one in 
eighty; blacks in the natural way one in eight, by inoculation one in twenty. 

Success of variolation was dependent on operator and technique, as well as a host of other 
factors that could not always be controlled. 

A 1764 article made it clear that the unintended result of inoculation was an increased death rate 
from smallpox. 

It does not follow Inoculation is a practice favourable to life... It is incontestably like the 
plague a contagious disease, what tends to stop the progress of the infection tends to 
lessen the danger that attends it; what tends to spread the contagion, tends to increase 
that danger; the practice of Inoculation manifestly tends to spread the contagion, for a 
contagious disease is produced by Inoculation where it would not otherwise have been 
produced; the place where it is thus produced becomes a center of contagion, whence it 
spreads not less fatally or widely than it would spread from a center where the disease 


should happen in a natural way; these centers of contagion are manifestly multiplied very 
greatly by Inoculation... iimi 

According to the author, in the 38 years preceding the start of inoculation in 1721, deaths from 
smallpox relative to the number born was 90 per 1,000, and relative to the number of burials 64 
per 1,000. In the 38 years after the start of inoculation, deaths from smallpox relative to the 
number born increased to 127 per 1,000 (a 41 percent increase) and relative to the number 
of burials 81 per 1,000 (a 27 percent increase). 


The medically sanctioned operation was as likely to start an epidemic as to stop one. 1 

From the nipple of the cow 


1041 


It was rumored among milkmaids that infection with cowpox could protect one from smallpox. 
In 1774 a farmer named Benjamin Jesty made scratches on his wife and two sons using a darning 
needle, then rubbed material from the pock of an infected cow into them. Allegedly, when 
Jesty’s sons were later deliberately exposed to smallpox, they did not come down with the 
disease. 

In 1796, believing these stories, Edward Jenner subjected an eight-year-old boy named James 
Phipps to an experiment. He took disease matter that he believed to be cowpox from lesions on 
the hands of dairymaid Sarah Nelmes and vaccinated James with it. The child was later 
deliberately exposed to smallpox in order to test the protective property of the cowpox 
inoculation. When the boy did not contract clinical smallpox, it was assumed that the cowpox 
vaccination was successful and that it would also provide lifelong protection against smallpox. 

Immunology was so crude that knowledge of preexisting immunity or subclinical infection was 
not part of .Tenner’s experimental design. Even though his claims were based on a sample of one 
and no scientific method, it fueled the belief that once a person was exposed to cowpox, lifelong 
protection from smallpox was possible. 

Jenner’s claim was later replaced with varying estimates from 10 years to as little as 1 year. 

A 1908 article 11 ^ 1 concluded that some limited immunity lasted only around three years. 

...it is observed that all un-revaccinated children over one and a-halfyears of age, or 
thereabouts, and all re-vaccinated persons whose re-vaccinations are more than three 
years old, i. e., the vast majority of the entire population—are unprotected 

Another practitioner named Dr. Olesen claimed that revaccination should be done annually. 

Recent successful vaccination is an absolute protection against smallpox. Protection lasts 
from six months to twelve months and often much longer. Revaccination is advisable once 


a year. 


11071 


Dr. Creighton published a book in 1889 that was highly critical of Edward Jenner and 
vaccination. He observed that people who had been exposed to cowpox virus had often 
previously received an inoculation of smallpox. Due to the anecdotal nature of his experiments, 


Jenner could arrive at whatever conclusion fit his predetermined outcome. Dr. Creighton 
summarizes: 

The only real experiment in the paper on cowpox, as originally offered to the Royal 
Society, was the inoculation of James Phipps; the results of it, as we have seen, were 
recorded with a brevity which enabled Jenner to suppress the true and suggest the false. 

It is absurd to claim the dozen old cases of cowpoxed milkers, who were subsequently 
inoculated with smallpox, as experiments; there were many cowpoxed milkers... who 
submitted to inoculation along with others, whenever a general inoculation was afoot; 
and Jenner's cases were only a few, favourable to his contention... he himself stands for 
the man who “peremptorily decides on the truth or falsehood of a theory, on the supposed 
authority of a few solitary instances. ,,iml 

Since the late 1700s, the medical profession has supported vaccination, even though there was 
never a trial where one group was vaccinated and compared to another group of the same size 
that was not vaccinated. 11521 

The CDC admits that, even now, the level of antibody that protects against smallpox infection is 
unknown. 11151 When the authors of Dissolving Illusions were growing up in the United States, 
children were considered vaccinated and immune simply by revealing the scar of vaccination 
years after the procedure. 

Vaccinia: The man-made mystery virus 

There is confusion over the origin of the virus termed vaccinia. Jenner named his product after 
the Latin name for cow, vacca, but he believed that genuine cowpox disease originated from a 
condition in horses called the grease. Some practitioners used vaccine lymph from other animals, 
such as goats. The following 1829 excerpt from the Lancet is interesting: 

The lymph which Dr. Jenner then used, and which he had kept in circulation three or four 
years about Berkeley, had been taken by him, not from the cow, but the horse, and never 
subsequently passed through the constitution. In fact, the disease is an equine, not a 
vaccine [cow] pox, as he decisively ascertained before he died, obtained from the vesicles 
which arise upon the skin of the horse’s legs, in consequence of an erysipe-Iatous 
affection excited by the matter of grease... I have extracted an account from some country 
of a goat pox, which so resembled the vaccine, that the doctors inoculated with it, and 
found it an equal preservative. However, this equine lymph of Dr. Jenner produced a 
vesicle, which, he declared precisely resembled the natural cow-pox vesicle on the teat of 
the cow ... U - U1 

After years of mixing different animal viruses and passing them through humans and back into 
cows again, an 1834 article cast doubt on how much vaccine virus even came from cows. 
Because of the confusion regarding what was in the vaccines, the material used for vaccination 
was sometimes referred to as “vaccine virus.” 

Three opinions exist as to the origin of the vaccine virus. 1st. That of Jenner, who 
supposed that it proceeded from a malady of the horse, called the Grease, which was 


contagious, and gave to cows that form of complaint denominated cow-pox. 2nd. That of 
Dr. Robert of Marseilles, who thought that the vaccine virus was nothing less than the 
small-pox poison communicated to cows, and modified by transition. 3rd. The opinion 
that this complaint is as natural to cows as rot to sheep, the small-pox, measles, or 
scarlatina to man... Dr. Fiard expresses, as his opinion, that the cow-pox is a malady 
peculiar to cows; that it is very rare in England, in these animals; and that, in France, 
there is no evidence to prove that it has ever been produced 

Because using pox material directly from cows was initially disagreeable to people, .Tenner 
developed “humanized cowpox vaccine.” This method still first utilized disease material from an 
animal, inoculating the raw pus into humans.The vaccination procedure then consisted of 
rubbing pox pustular lymph from the pock of an inoculated human to a cut in the arm of the next 
human recipient and was termed “ann-to-arm vaccination.” Another method of inoculation was 
to place numerous human pox scabs into ajar, fill it with water, and shake. The resultant pus was 
used as vaccine material for one town. 



Photo 4.1: Multiple site vaccination of 1898, showing a ‘typically good arm.’ 

People were considered vaccinated and immune simply by revealing the scar of vaccination after 




developing a blister at the site of inoculation. Often multiple sites were used in an attempt to try 
and ensure maximum protection.- 51111 Successful vaccination was thought to have occurred by a 
“good take” after wounding up to four parts of the arm at one sitting. This practice of vaccinating 
more than one site continued in various parts of the world until 1975. 

Obviously, many other diseases from the vaccinated were spread by this route, but arm-to-arm 
vaccination was used for about 100 years, until it was outlawed in 1898. In 1939 Dr. A. W. 
Downie showed that although vaccinia virus is immunologically related to cowpox and 

smallpox, it had distinct immunological differences, which he attributed to the process 
mentioned above. 11111 

...the white variant on repeated artificial propagation of cowpox virus on the skin of 
calves or sheep in the preparation of vaccine lymph or in the human skin on arm-to-arm 
vaccination which was practiced during last century. Such conditions may have provided 
an opportunity for the appearance of vaccinia strains as we know them today from a 
cowpox variant such as that described here. 111 ^ 

The standardization and purity of smallpox vaccines was lackluster even after the eradication of 
smallpox from the United States. Dr. Beddow Bayly’s 1952 statements should leave everyone 
wondering how such a vaccine could have possibly been responsible for eradication of any 
disease: 


When we recall that vaccine lymph is derived, in the first place, either from a smallpox 
corpse, the ulcerated udder of a cow, or the running sores of a sick horse’s heels, the 

choice depending upon the country of its origin and the firm which manufactures it, it is 
hardly to be wondered at that it has far-reaching ill effects on the human constitution. 
Years ago, the Lancet declared that “no practitioner knows whether the lymph he 
employs is derived from smallpox, rabbit-pox, ass-pox, or mule-pox. ,,LLm Our own 
Ministry of Health has long confessed to complete ignorance of the ultimate source of its 
own supply of lymph; but last year Dr. A. Downie stated in the British Medical Journal 
that “the strain of vaccinia virus used for the routine preparation of lymph in this country 
[England] is believed to have been derived from a case of small-pox in Cologne during 

the last century. ” That, of course, disposes of the whole theory of cow-pox vaccination. 

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Even modern smallpox vaccines do not actually contain cowpox or smallpox virus but a 
human/animal hybrid agent that never existed in nature until the era of vaccination. It has been 
cultivated over time by passing pox material back and forth between animals and humans. Now 
vaccinia can infect wild animals such as water buffalo, 11121 as well as humans. 

Some of the animals that have been used to passage today’s vaccine virus include rabbits, mice, 
goats, cows, horses, sheep, and humans. 

Dryvax, patented by the company that later became Wyeth, is the oldest smallpox vaccine and 
has been used since the late 1800s. The methods used to propagate Dryvax resulted in mixtures 
of viruses commonly called “quasispecies.” In 2011, Qin et al. genetically characterized the 
modem Dryvax and stated that all brands of smallpox vaccines prior to the late 1990s were rarely 
subjected to clonal purification. They concluded that Dryvax was of horse and human viral 


origin, describing the vaccine as a “molecular fossil”: 

These observations raise intriguing questions about the degree of genome diversity that 
can be found in old smallpox vaccines. In this communication, we have taken advantage 
of recent advances in DNA-sequencing technologies to explore this question in greater 
detail. Our residts illustrate the remarkable complexity of the quasispecies that 
characterize stocks of old, unpurified smallpox vaccines and suggest that the viruses that 
have been isolated to date represent only a small fraction of the diversity of viruses in 
these preparations , am 

Who, then, knows what the “larger fraction ” of “old, impure” vaccines was made from? 
To say that there is and always has been a great deal of confusion as to what viruses 
were in smallpox vaccines is a gross understatement. 

In 2008, after more than 100 years of use, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) called for 
quarantine and destruction of all remaining Dryvax. 1 ^ 

Belief eclipses reality 

When Jenner published his paper in 1798 claiming lifelong immunity to smallpox and promoting 
his technique, many doctors who had seen smallpox follow cowpox challenged his doctrine at a 
meeting of the Medico-Convivial Society. 

But he [Jenner] no sooner mentioned it than they laughed at it. The cow doctors could 
have told him of hundreds of cases where small-pox had followed cow-pox... 11221 

In 1799 Dr. Drake, a surgeon from Stroud, England, conducted an experiment to test Jenner’s 
new preventive using vaccine obtained directly from Edward Jenner. The children were then 
challenged with a smallpox inoculation to see if the cowpox procedure had been effective. 

In three of them, a lad aged seventeen and two of the Colborne children (one four years, 
the other fifteen months), the cowpox vesicles came to early maturity and were scabbed 
under the usual time. The lad was inoculated with smallpox on the 20th December, 
being the eight day from his vaccination, and the two children on the 21st, being again 
the eight day. They all developed smallpox, both the local pustules and the general 
eruption with fever. 11211 

Dr. Hughes, another doctor from Stroud, reported that the children subsequently developed 
smallpox and suggested that the vaccination technique failed. Jenner received the report but 
decided to ignore the results. 

Later in 1799, Dr. Woodville, director of the Smallpox Inoculation Hospital in London, began 
extensive use of cowpox inoculation. He obtained his vaccine material from a cow belonging to a 
dairy on Gray’s Inn Lane in London and vaccinated seven people. Just five days later, using 
those seven people, he performed the arm-to-arm cowpox vaccination technique on hundreds of 
others. Dr. Woodville acknowledged that there were serious problems associated with this 
procedure. 


...in several instances, the cowpox has proved a very severe disease. In three or four 
cases out of500, the patient has been in considerable danger, and one child actuallv 
died 


The medical community continued to embrace Jenner’s vaccine despite many accounts that 
refuted its benefits, all describing numerous cases that had natural cowpox or were vaccinated 
and still died of smallpox. 

By the year 1801, an estimated 100,000 people were vaccinated in England. 

In 1809 the Medical Observer reported a series of patients demonstrating the failure of natural 
cowpox or vaccination to protect from smallpox: 

1. A Child was vaccinated by Mr. Robinson, surgeon and apothecary, at Rotherham, 
towards the end of the year 1799. A month later it was inoculated with small-pox matter 
without effect, and a few months subsequently took confluent small-pox and died. 2. A 
woman-servant to Mr. Gamble, of Bungay, in Suffolk, had cow-pox in the casual way 
from milking. Seven years afterwards she became nurse to Yarmouth Hospital, where she 
caught small-pox, and died. 3 and 4. Elizabeth and John Nicholson, three years of age, 
were vaccinated at Battersea in the summer of1804. Both contracted small-pox in May, 
1805 and died... 13. The child of Mr. R died of small-pox in October 1805. The patient 
had been vaccinated, and the parents were assured of its security. The vaccinator’s name 
was concealed. 14. The child of Mr. Hindsley at Mr. Adam’s office... died of small-pox a 
year after vaccination 

Medical article after medical article pointed out clearly that exposure to cowpox providing 
lifelong immunity to smallpox was an unproven theory. 

The Medical Observer for 1810 contains particulars of535 cases of small-pox after 
vaccination, 97 fatal cases, 150 cases of vaccine injuries, with the addresses of ten 
medical men, including two professors of anatomy, who had suffered in their own families 
from vaccination. 2221 

An article in the 1817 London Medical Repository Monthly Journal and Review showed yet 
again that a great many people who had undergone vaccination were still suffering from 
smallpox. 

Variola, above all, continues and spreads a devastating contagion. However painful, yet 
it is a duty we owe to the public and the profession, to apprize them, that the number of 
all ranks suffering under Small Pox, who have previously undergone Vaccination by 
the most skilful practitioners, is at present alarmingly great. This subject is so serious, 
and so deeply involves the dearest interests of humanity, as well as those of the medical 
character, that we shall not fail in directing our utmost attention to it. 2221 

In 1818 Thomas Brown, a surgeon with 30 years of experience in Musselburgh, Scotland, 
described how no one in the medical profession “could outstrip me in zeal for promoting vaccine 
practice.” But after vaccinating 1,200 people and discovering that many still contracted and even 
died from smallpox, his conscience could no longer support vaccination. 


Experience has also shewn [shown], that the natural small-pox have made their 
appearance, when the vaccine puncture had previously existed, surrounded with the 
areola of the most perfect appearance for more than two days, and not in the least 
modified, but in the highest degree confluent, and followed by death. Small-pox pustules, 
too, existed within the very areola of the vaccine puncture... The accounts from all 
quarters of the world, wherever vaccination has been introduced ... the cases of failures 
are now increased to an alarming proportion; and from a fair and impartial examination 
appears, where the small-pox contagion has access to operate upon vaccinated cases of 
upwards of six years standing, and the contagion applied in a concentrated and lasting 
form, nearly the whole of such cases will yield to the influence of the small-pox 
contagion . 1 ^ 

Numerous other medical journals detailed how smallpox could still infect those who previously 
had smallpox and that those who were vaccinated could also be infected. 

...during the years 1820, 1, and, 2 [1820-1822] there was a great hubbub about the 
small-pox. It broke out with the great epidemic to the north... It pressed close to home to 
Dr. Jenner himself... It attacked many who had had small-pox before, and often 
severely; almost to death; and of those who had been vaccinated, it left some alone, but 
fell upon great numbers . {mi 

Surgeons and doctors were paid well to perform vaccination and embraced it as a new fonn of 
income. It is therefore quite significant that so many doctors wrote to medical journals about 
their experiences. However, just like today, the believers ignored the voices of the medical 
dissenters, which led to ordinary people speaking out in the lay media. 

In 1829 William Cobbett, a farmer, journalist, and English pamphleteer, wrote about the failure 
of vaccination to protect people from smallpox. Cobbett considered vaccination to be an 
unproven and a fraudulent medical practice. His reference to 20,000 pounds no doubt refers to 
the monetary amount the British government had advanced to Edward Jenner in 1822 for further 
smallpox vaccine experimentation. 

In the midst of all this mad work, to which the doctors, after having found it in vain to 
resist, had yielded, the real small-pox, in its worst form, broke out in the town of 
Ringwood, in Hampshire, and carried off, I believe, more than a hundred persons, young 
and old, eveiy one of whom had had the cow-pox “so nicely! ” And what was now said? 
Was the quackery exploded, and the granters of the twenty thousand pounds ashamed of 
what they had done? Not at all: the failure was imputed to unskillful operators; to the 
staleness of the matter; to its not being of genuine quality... what do we know now? Why, 
that in hundreds of instances, persons cow-poxed by JENNER HIMSELF [William 
Cobbett ’'s capital emphasis], have taken the real small-pox afterwards, and have either 
died from the disorder, or narrowly escaped with their lives. imii 

Vaccination makes for milder disease? 

When it was clear that the smallpox vaccine was not able to prevent disease, the medical 
profession tried to justify vaccination by changing the goalposts from lifelong “perfect” 


immunity to “milder disease.” Similar dogma is repeated in 2013 to justify the fact that pertussis 
and influenza vaccines don’t protect recipients either. But did smallpox vaccination really 
decrease the death rate and make for a milder disease? 

In the 1844 smallpox epidemic, about one-third of the vaccinated contracted a mild form of 
smallpox, but roughly 8 percent of those vaccinated still died, and nearly two-thirds had severe 
disease. 11111 

A letter to a newspaper in 1850 claimed there were more admissions to the London Small-Pox 
Hospital in 1844 than during the smallpox epidemic of 1781 before vaccination began. The 
author also noted that one-third of the deaths from smallpox were in people who had previously 
been vaccinated. 

Daily experience now unhappily shows an altered state of things: small pox, in spite of 
vaccination, is rapidly on the increase... There were more admissions to the London 
Small-Pox Hospital in 1844 than in the celebrated small-pox epidemic of 1781 before 
vaccination was introduced. I shall also select the Registrar’s returns of one of the 
country districts (Bradford) to show how little protection vaccination afforded in the last 
quarter of that year, 1844: 118 [181?] deaths from small-pox were recorded, 60, or 
nearly one-third, of which had been vaccinated 

Newspapers constantly reported deaths from smallpox in properly vaccinated citizens, as well as 
deaths from other conditions after vaccination. For example, a skin condition called erysipelas 
was a particularly prolonged and painful way to die. 

...a boy from Somers-town, aged 5 years, “small-pox confluent, unmodified (9 days). ” He 
had been vaccinated at the age of 4 months; one cicatrix... the wife of a labourer, from 
Lambeth, aged 22 years, “small-pox confluent, unmodified (8 days). ” Vaccinated in 
infancy in Suffolk; two good cicatrices... the son of a mariner, aged 10 weeks, and the 
son of a sugar baker, aged 13 weeks, died of “general erysipelas after vaccination, 
effusion of the brain. 

A girl, aged 4 months, died from erysipelas after vaccination pm 

8 deaths were tabulated under small-pox, of which two attributed to “erysipelas after 
vaccination, ” and one to “effects of vaccination. 

Two children, both of the age of six months, died from erysipelas after vaccination. In one 
case the erysipelas commenced a fortnight after the operation , imi - 

Deaths as a result of vaccination were often not reported because of an allegiance to the practice. 
Often a vaccinated person was recorded as having died from another condition such as chicken 
pox or erroneously listed as unvaccinated, which must have had a considerable impact on the 
validity of the statistics of the day. 

...deaths from vaccination and re-vaccination are hushed up... Mr. Henry May, writing 
to the Birmingham Medical Review, January, 1874, on “Certificates of Death,” says “As 
instances of cases which may tell against the medical man himself, I will mention 


erysipelas from vaccination and puerperal fever. A death from the first cause occurred 
not long ago in my practice, and although I had not vaccinated the child, yet in my desire 
to preserve vaccination from reproach I omitted all mention of it from my certificate of 
death. 


One child, Elizabeth Sabin, 4 years of age, with six good marks of successful vaccination, 
caught small-pox and three weeks and three days after being vaccinated, and died. Her 
case was excluded from the list of the vaccinated in Dr. Bond’s statistics. Statistics 
cooked in that way could not be accepted as accurate. He remembered a case in 
Birmingham where a man named William Wood Warner died of malignant small-pox in 
eight days, and was classified by the doctor of the hospital as unvaccinated. By the merest 
of chance he found out from the man’s widow and sister that the latter had seen 
him vaccinated. 

In 1898 Dr. Wilder also noted that during the 1871-1872 pandemic, the vaccinated often 
contracted severe smallpox more rapidly than the nonvaccinated. 

Never, however, did the faith in vaccination receive so rude a shock as in the Great 
Small-Pox Epidemic of 1871 and 1872. Every country in Europe was invaded with a 
severity greater than had ever been witnessed during the three preceding centuries. In 
England, the number of deaths from the disease was increased from 2,620 in 1870 to 
23,126 in 1871 and 19,064 in 1872, falling again to 2,634 in 1873. Upon the Continent, 
particularly in France and Germany, the visitation was even more severe. In Bavaria, for 
example, with a population vaccinated more than any other country of Northern Europe, 
except Sweden, which experienced the greatest that had ever been known. What was even 
more significant, many vaccinated persons in almost every place were attacked by 
small-pox before any un vaccinated persons took the disease , iml 

Compulsory vaccination and subsequent pandemics 

In 1840, as doctors and citizens realized that vaccination was not what it was promised to be, 
vaccine refusals increased. Governments passed various laws to force people to be vaccinated. 
Vaccination was made compulsory in England in 1853, with stricter laws passed in 1867. In the 
United States, Massachusetts created a set of comprehensive vaccination laws in 1855. 

...in 1855 Massachusetts took the most advanced stand ever taken by any of the states 
and enacted a law which required parents or guardians to cause the vaccination of all 
children before they were two years old, and forbade the admission of all children to the 
public schools of any child who had not been duly vaccinated. The selectmen of towns, 
mayors and aldermen of cities were to “enforce the vaccination of all the inhabitants ” 
and to require re-vaccination whenever they judged the public health to require it; all 
employees of manufacturing companies, all inmates of almshouses, reform schools, 
lunatic asylums, and other places where the poor and the sick are received, or houses of 
correction, jails, prisons, of all institutions supported wholly or partly by the state were to 
furnish the means of vaccination to such persons as were unable to pay. imi - 

Lemuel Shattuck emphasized the need for vaccination and pushed for house-to-house 


vaccination to be enforced by the authority of the City of Boston in an 1856 report. 

Is there an effectual remedy which can be applied for the removal of this great evil 
[smallpox]? In the judgment of the undersigned there is; and that remedy is compulsory 
vaccination. The City has already provided that no unvaccinated child shall be admitted 
into the public schools; and for the class ofpersons interested it is a most excellent 
regulation. It has also provided for the gratuitous vaccination of such persons as may 
apply to the City Physician for that purpose . UM1 

Compulsory vaccination laws did nothing to curb the problem of smallpox. Boston data begins in 
1811 and shows that, starting around 1837, there were periodic smallpox epidemics (Graph 4.1). 
Following the 1855 mandates, there were smallpox epidemics in 1859-1860, 1864-1865, and 
1867, culminating with the infamous epidemic in 1872-1873. These repeat smallpox epidemics 
showed that the strict vaccination laws instituted by Massachusetts had no beneficial effect 
(Graph 4.2). 


Graph 4.1 (below): Boston smallpox mortality rate from 1811 to 1926. 






















Graph 4.1 (above): Boston smallpox mortality rate from 1811 to 1926. 
Graph 4.2 (belowt: Boston smallpox mortality rate from 1841 to 1880. 





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Graph 4.2 (above): Boston smallpox mortality rate from 1841 to 1880. 


In fact, more people died from smallpox in the 20 years after the strict compulsory laws than in 
the 20 years prior. 

...small-pox, after having almost wholly disappeared from our community during the 
thirty or forty years which followed the introduction of vaccination in 1800, gradually 
regained its foothold in Boston, where it continued to prevail almost uninterruptedly, 
although with varying intensity, from 1839, when the disease for the first time assumed 
the form of a distinct epidemic, up to 1873. During this period of thirty-five years the 
course of small-pox has been marked by a succession of epidemic paroxysms, generally 
by internals of several years, during which a varying number of sporadic cases has 
testified to the more or less constant presence of the disease. The latest epidemic that of 
1872-1873, having proved fatal to 1040 persons, was the most severe that has been 
experienced in Boston since the introduction of vaccination. 11121 

The same pattern of more severe epidemics was to be repeated throughout highly vaccinated 
populations in the Western world. 

...Bavaria [Germany] in 1871 of30,742 cases 29,429 were in vaccinated persons, or 
95.7 per cent, and 1313 in the un-vaccinated, or 4.3 per cent. In some of the small local 
outbreaks of recent years the victims have been nearly all vaccinated (e.g., at Bromley 
[England] in 1881, a total of 43 cases, including sixteen confluent, all vaccinated). 11221 

By the end of 1868, more than 95 percent of the inhabitants of Chicago had been vaccinated. 
After the Great Fire of 1871 that leveled the city, vaccination was made a condition of receiving 
relief supplies. 11 ^ Despite the passing of strict vaccination laws, Chicago was hit with a 
devastating smallpox epidemic in 1872. The idea of vaccinating most of the population (which 
would later be termed herd immunity) did not protect the population from the scourge of 
smallpox. 

But despite these measures, the death rate rose ominously in the aftermath of the fire. 

Over two thousand persons contracted smallpox in 1872, and more than a fourth of 
these died. The fatality among children under five was the highest ever recorded.' 11221 

The desecration of the vaccinated people in France, Germany, and England was graphically 
illustrated in a 1900 medical article: 

Every recruit that enters the French army is vaccinated. During the Franco-Prussian war 
there were twenty-three thousand four hundred and sixty-nine cases of small-pox in that 
army. 

The London Lancet of July 15, 1871, said: Of nine thousand three hundred and ninety- 
two small-pox patients in London hospitals, six thousand eight hundred and fifty-four had 
been vaccinated. Seventeen and one-halfper cent of those attacked died. 

In the whole country more than one hundred and twenty-tw’o thousand vaccinated 
persons have suffered from small-pox... Official returns from Germany show that 



between 1870 and 1885 one million vaccinated persons died from small-pox 

In 1899 Dr. Ruata reported on devastating smallpox deaths in over-vaccinated Italy. 

Among the great number of little epidemics which produced the 18,110 deaths mentioned, 
I will only note the following: Badolato, with a population of3,800, had 1,200 cases of 
small-pox; Guardavalle had 2,300 cases with a population of3,500; St. Caterina del 
Jonio had 1,200 cases (population 2,700); Capistrano had 450 cases (population 2,500). 
All these villages are in Calabria. In Sardinia the little village ofLaerru had 150 cases of 
small-pox in one month (population, 800); Perfugas, too, in one month had 541 cases 
(population, 1,400); Ottana had 79 deaths from small-pox (population, 1,000), and the 
deaths were 51 at Lei (population, 414). In Sicily 440 deaths were registered at Noto 
(population, 18,100), 200 at Ferla (population, 4,500), 570 at Sortino (population, 

9,000), 135 at San Cono (population, 1,600), and 2,100 deaths at Vittoria (population, 
2,600)1 Can you cite anything worse before the invention of vaccination? And, the 
population of these villages is perfectly vaccinated, as I have proved already, not only, 
but I obtained from the local authorities a declaration that vaccination has been 
performed twice a year in the most satisfactory manner for many years past . lM21 

Dr. Charles Creighton’s 1888 critical review of vaccination in the Encyclopedia Britannica 
described the high mortality rate in the 1870-1873 Prussian smallpox pandemic, noting that 
approximately 60,000 people died from smallpox despite their strict adherence to vaccination. 

The practice of re-vaccination was first recommended in England by G. Gregory, and in 
Germany for the army by Heim (1829). It has been more or less the law in Prussia since 
1835; “re-vaccination of school pupils at the age of twelve is an integral part of the 
vaccination law. ” Notwithstanding the fact that Prussia was the best revaccinated 
country in Europe, its mortality from smallpox in the epidemic of 1871 was higher 
(59,839) than in any other northern state . imi 

The Eastern world did not fare much better. Compulsory vaccination began in Japan in 1872 
with stricter laws in 1885 requiring compulsory revaccination every five to seven years. From 
1885 to 1892, there were more than 25,000,000 recorded vaccinations and revaccinations, yet 
smallpox epidemics still wreaked havoc upon the Japanese. 

...the official records show that during the seven years mentioned[1885-1892] they 
had 156,175 cases of smallpox and 39,979 deaths. By a compulsory law, every infant in 
Japan had to be vaccinated within the first year of its birth and in case it did not take 
the first time, three additional vaccinations had to follow within the year, and every 
year to seven years after. In the event of an outbreak of smallpox the Japanese 
authorities rigidly enforced general vaccination. Now in spite of these precautions the 
official records show that from 1892 to 1897, Japan had 142,032 cases of smallpox and 
39,536 deaths. Another act passed in 1896 made repetition of vaccination every five 
years compulsory on every subject regardless of station; yet in the very next year, 1897, 
they had 41,946 cases of smallpox and 12,276 deaths—a mortality rate of 32 per cent, 
nearly twice that from smallpox previous to the vaccination period 


Graph 4.3 (below): England and Wales total deaths from cowpox and other effects of vaccination from 1859 



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Graph 4.3 (above): England and Wales total deaths from eowpox and other effects of vaccination from 1859 

to 1922. 


Granh 4.4 (below): England and Wales smallpox deaths vs. smallpox vaccination deaths from 1906 to 1922. 





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Graph 4.4 (above): England and Wales smallpox deaths vs. smallpox vaccination deaths from 1906 to 1922. 


Vaccination-induced deaths and diseases 

From 1859 to 1922, official deaths related to vaccination totaled more than 1,600 in England 
(Graph 4.3). Yet from 1906 to 1922, the number of deaths recorded from vaccination and from 
smallpox were approximately the same (Graph 4.4). 

Official medical pronouncements always heralded vaccination as a very safe procedure done 
with “pure lymph.” Examples of deaths from “cowpox and other effects of vaccination” 11121 were 
common and often resulted from a very serious, often fatal bacterial phage-mediated toxin 
disease called erysipelas. 

George Banford had a child horn in 1868. It was vaccinated and after the operation the 
child was covered with sores, and it was some considerable time before it was able to 
leave the house. Again Mr. Banford complied with the law in 1870. The child was 
vaccinated by Dr. Sloanne in the belief that by going to him they would get pure matter. 

In that case erysipelas set in, and the child was on a bed of sickness for some time. In the 
third case the child was born in 1872, and soon after vaccination erysipelas set in and it 
took such a bad course that at the expiration of 14 days the child died '. aiLl 

It is quite certain that in foundling hospitals, such as that of St. Petersburg, the erysipelas 
of vaccination has been the starting point of disastrous epidemics of erysipelas affecting 
the inmates generally 




Photo 4.2: Mrs. L. H. age 27 lesions appeared 2 weeks after vaccination. (1904) 

This is not surprising. Life in the 1800s was such that poverty and lack of sanitation and running 
water in the slums of London guaranteed at the very least, malnutrition, with its huge impact on 




the immune system. People with immune deficiency, scurvy, skin ulceration, fungal infections, 
and impaired lymphatic drainage are at increased risk of superinfection from Streptococcus 
pyogenes, the bacteria that caused erysipelas (and scarlet fever) by means of its toxin. 

Jaundice is the yellowish staining of the skin and the whites of the eyes caused by 
hyperbilirubinemia (an excess of bilirubin in the blood). This usually develops when there is 
some obstructive process or intrinsic liver disease, but it has been noted in relation to 
vaccination. One representational case series occurred among revaccinated adults at a large naval 
shipyard in Bremen, Germany, from October 1883 to April 1884. 

Owing to an alarm of smallpox, 1289 workmen were re-vaccinated between the 13th 
August and 1st September with the same humanized lymph preserved in glycerin; of these 
191 had jaundice at various intervals down to the month of April following. 
Circumstantial evidence (agreement and difference) clearly traced the epidemic to the 
vaccination 


In these cases, it is highly likely that acute infectious hepatitis was a result of contamination of 
human lymph-derived vaccine. Other infectious diseases attributed to vaccination include 
tuberculosis and syphilis. In 1863 Dr. Ricord spoke before the Academy at Paris. 

First I rejected the idea that syphilis could be transplanted by vaccination. But facts 
accumulated more and more, and now I must concede the possibility of the transfer of 
syphilis by means of the vaccine. I do this very reluctantly. At present I do not hesitate 
longer to acknowledge and proclaim the reality of the fact 

In 1948, there were an estimated 200 to 300 deaths 11 ^ as the result of smallpox vaccination, 
while during the same time there had only been 1 smallpox death 



Photo 4.3: Post-mortem photograph of child described in Case 1. Areas of gangrene are secondarily infected 






with Pseudomonas aeroginosa. Micrococcus pyogenes and beta enterococcus. (1958) 


A study in 1958 detailed the cases of 9 children in which 2 died of a skin condition due to 
vaccination, now being termed eczema vaccinatum. The occurrence of this disease was estimated 
by the authors to be between 1 in 20,000 to 1 in 100,000, with a fatality rate of 4-40 percent. 
However, they acknowledged that most cases were not reported, and there was no accurate 
accounting on this consequence of vaccination. The first case discussed was a 15-month-old boy 
who died after suffering for 13 days (Photo 4.2) from eczema vaccinatum. 

Because of poor surveillance and vaccine reaction under-reporting, the authors of a 1970 study 
suspected that the number of smallpox vaccine-related deaths was higher than the reports 
reflected. This study only examined deaths from 1959 to 1968 in the United States. If the deaths 
were this high in a country with a modern health-care system, what was the total number of 
deaths from smallpox vaccination from 1800 to the present across the entire world? 

The data presented here as well as findings from other studies indicate that the risks of 
smallpox vaccination as curren tly practiced in the United States are considerable. 
Surveillance of the complications of smallpox vaccination is poor, and the extent of 
underreporting is unknown. The observation that several deaths from diseases other than 
vaccinial complications were misclassified or erroneously reported as deaths from 
vaccinia raises the possibility that vaccinial complications may also be misdiagnosed or 
misclassified with other disease entities. Some patients die of residual effects of central 
nervous system damage caused by postvaccinial encephalitis. Their death certificates 
may mention only the immediate causes which developed during institutional care and 
not the under-lying cause of death. In our studies of vaccination complications occurring 
in 1963, three of seven deaths definitely related to vaccination did not appear in our 
search of death certifi-cates. The actual number of deaths caused by smallpox 
vaccination complications may be higher than the seven per year indicated by this 
review 

The death rate for smallpox declined after 1872, but there is no evidence that vaccination had 
anything at all to do with it. In the early 1900s, death from smallpox all but vanished from 
England (Graph 4.5). Interestingly, the pattern of smallpox deaths mirrored almost perfectly a 
much bigger killer—scarlet fever, a bacterial toxin-mediated disease. There was a scarlet fever 
toxin vaccine, which was never widely used because it had severe consequences to many of its 
recipients. A marked decline in scarlet fever death occurred long before any antibiotic was used. 


Graph 4.5 (below): England and Wales smallpox and scarlet fever mortality rates from 1838 to 1922. 






























Graph 4.5 (above): England and Wales smallpox and scarlet fever mortality rates from 1838 to 1922. 


Some may look at the graphs and think that the vaccine just needed longer to have its effect. But 
after 1872, vaccination coverage rates slowly declined from a high of nearly 90 percent. 
Coverage rates plummeted to only 40 percent by 1909 (Graph 4.6). Despite declining 
vaccination rates, smallpox deaths remained low, vanishing to near zero after 1906. Smallpox 
vaccination has always correlated positively to epidemics in the countries that collected data in 
the vain hope of proving the vaccine’s worth. 

Above Graph 4.6 the low): England and Wales smallpox mortality rate vs. smallpox vaccine coverage rates 

from 1872 to 1922. 


















Above Graph 4.6 (above): England and Wales smallpox mortality rate vs. smallpox vaccine coverage rates 

from 1872 to 1922. 


Dr. Del Campo undertook a five-year investigation into numerous physiologic responses to 
different vaccinations. His published report from 1967 concluded that vaccination is a trauma of 
considerable intensity, of which the most serious alterations occur with live viral vaccines. 11 ^ 1 
Imagine what the impact of vaccination could have been one hundred years earlier in conditions 
far worse than 1967. 

After the 1872 pandemic, even more people lost confidence in vaccination. They began asking 
the question as to whether better sanitation, hygiene, improved housing, nutrition, and isolation 
of cases were the best ways to deal with smallpox. These ideas, which clashed with the medical 
profession and governmental laws, culminated in a large demonstration in 1885 against 
compulsory vaccination in the small manufacturing town of Leicester, England. People had had 
enough. The tide was about to turn against both the medical profession and the law. 



5. Contaminated Vaccines 


Consequences are unpitying. 

-George Elliot (1819-1880) 

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other 
creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creatures 

that cannot. 

- Mark Twain (1835-1910) 

Smallpox vaccines have always been an u nkn own broth of hundreds of thousands of non- 
cowpox microbes. The purity was not guaranteed even when smallpox vaccines were advertised 
as “pure lymph.” Dr. Bayly discusses the terminology: 

Presumably it is called “pure" because, under the Therapeutic Substances Act (1943) it 
must not contain more than 20,000 extraneous micro-organisms per cubic centimeter... 
according to the British Medical Journal (November 4 th , IQSO) 11 ^- that “With the best of 
care, heavy bacterial contamination of vaccine lymph is inevitable during its 
preparation, and as many as 500 million organisms per ml. may be present, particularly 
in the tropics. They belong mostly to the cocci group, but may include also Bacillus 
subtilis, Bact. Coli, Pseudomones pyocyanea, yeasts and fungi; anaerobic organisms 
may also be occasional contaminants. 

Dr. Bayly was speaking in 1952, after the germ theory and viral and bacterial identification were 
possible. But before the germ theory was widely accepted, contamination was not measured. 

Serious infections and deaths occurred after the inception of smallpox vaccines. In the late 
1700s, there was no such thing as cold-chain refrigeration. Needles were reused from person to 
person, and there was little to no consciousness of sterility. Ampules and containers that held the 
vaccine material were not sealed the way they are today. 

Vaccination was introduced at the end of the 18th century into a relatively dirty age, 
using the methods already established for smallpox inoculation (variolation). Vaccine 
was either inserted without any skin preparation, or perhaps the skin was wiped with a 
non-too-clean cloth, possibly soaked in equally-dirty water or perhaps spirit . U ^ R 

What really contaminated the early vaccines is anyone’s guess. However, there are many 
documents and reports of serious health problems after vaccination. 


Foot-and-mouth disease 


Foot-and-mouth disease is an acute and highly contagious viral disease that chiefly affects 
cloven-hoofed animals. It is characterized by eruptions of blisters on the mucous membranes of 
the mouth and on the skin between the toes and above the hooves. This disease has been a major 
concern because it attacks cattle, pigs, and sheep, which have been domesticated by humans. 

Because of the high rate of infectivity and because the virus can be transmitted before clinical 
signs occur, foot-and-mouth disease was one of the most feared reportable diseases in North 
American mammals. Epidemics have resulted in the slaughter of millions of infected and 
uninfected animals to prevent the virus from spreading. The financial loss to farmers was 
substantial. Trade restrictions based on disease outbreaks have had major impacts on both local 
and national economies. 

Although the United States has not had a foot-and-mouth outbreak since 1929, it is still regarded 
as a grave threat. The disease is spread with the movement of infected animals, such as pigs and 
cattle, as well as contaminated objects or people. In 1870, 1880, and 1884, the first three 
outbreaks occurred and were relatively minor. 

Epidemics in 1902 and 1908 were serious, with an even more serious one in 1914. Interestingly, 

the epidemics of 1902 and 1908 were initiated during the process of vaccine manufacture. 
At that time, the only vaccine being manufactured was for use against smallpox. 

In November 1902, the malady was discovered in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and 
later involved New Hampshire and Vermont. The source of the infection probably was 
imported cowpox vaccine virus contaminated with the virus of foot-and-mouth 
disease... The disease next appeared early in November, 1908, in cattle near Danville, 

Pa. It was traced to the stockyards in East Buffalo, N. Y., and to Detroit, Mich., and 
extended to other points in Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania, and to Maryland. 
Investigation demonstrated that the outbreak started in calves used to propagate vaccine 
virus at an establishment near Detroit and that the source of the infection was 
contaminated Japanese vaccine virus , aml 

Animals that contracted the disease suffered morbidly, and some died. 

As soon as the disease has become well established the patient evinces pain when 
attempting to eat; in fact the appetite is often so seriously affected that all food is refused 
and the animal uneasily opens and shuts its mouth with a characteristic smacking sound, 
while strings of cohesive, ropy saliva hang suspended from the lips. With the advance of 
the disease the vesicles have widened and extended until they may reach a diameter 
ranging from that of a dime to that of a silver dollar. These rupture soon after their 
appearance... The attack upon the feet of an animal is frequently manifested in all four 
feet at once... As the feet become sensitive and sore the animal lies down persistently, and 
it has been found that bed sores develop with amazing rapidity in all such cases and 
wholly baffle all attempts at treatment until after the patient has regained its feet. The 
disease may attack some of the internal organs before it appears upon any external 
tissues. These cases are very liable to prove quickly fatal. The animal dies from paralysis 
of the heart, due to the formation ofpoisonous principles within the system, or it may 
suffocate by reasons of the action of these same poisons upon the tissues of the lungs, or 


it may choke to death as a result ofparalysis of the throat f^& 


Photo 5.1: Head of cow affected with foot-and-mouth disease. (1914) 



The mortality rate was about 3 percent in mild cases but could be as high as 30-40 percent in 
malignant cases. 

The 1902 epidemic lasted six months and infected 244 herds, including 4,712 cattle. Vigorous 
measures were put into effect, and the disease was finally contained. Animals were killed, and 
their bodies were burned or buried. 



Of these, 205 herds with 3,872 cattle as well as 360 hogs and 220 sheep and goats, were 
slaughtered. The cattle infected but not slaughtered were those that either died or 
completely recovered before slaughtering could be carried out... “Method of 
slaughtering and burying cattle. ” The trench is deep enough to allow carcasses to be 
covered with at least 5 feet of dirt. Animals are led to trench and there killed, usually by 
shooting. Hides are slashed to prevent anyone from exhuming carcasses in order to get 
the hides, and carcasses are cut open and covered with quicklime. 



Photo 5.2: From the stable the calf is led to the operating room and strapped on the operating table. The 
shaved abdomen and thighs are again washed and then scarified with superficial linear incisions made with a 
surgeon's knife. Into the bleeding incisions made by the knife, vaccine (cowpox) virus is carefully smeared 

with an ivory or metal instrument. (1901) 


During a 1908 epidemic, inspectors made more than one hundred thousand visits to farms, 
stockyards, and other locations, inspecting and reinspecting approximately a million and a half 
animals. Again, severe measures were put into place, and the epidemic was eliminated in about 
five months. 

One hundred and fifty-seven premises were found infected, and 3,636 animals (2,025 
cattle, 1,329 hogs, and 282 sheep and goats), valued at $90,033.18, were slaughtered 

The source of this epidemic was carefully researched to determine that it was from the 
manufacturing of vaccine virus. Vaccine virus was produced on a living calf or heifer. The 
animal was bound to a table where its belly was shaved. Then, multiple scratches or cuts were 






made, into which the seed virus was placed to grow. The animal was released, and the cowpox 
infections were allowed to incubate. After about a week, infectious pus was extracted from the 
wounds to be used in smallpox vaccines for humans. The diseased animal was released and 
allowed to mix back with the herd. Finally, it was slaughtered, and its meat and carcasses were 
either used or destroyed. 

...the outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in 1902 and 1903 were quite closely 
associated with the vaccinated cattle of the New England Vaccine Company’s 
establishment and Dr. E. E. Tyzzer’s experimental work with vaccine at a farm at 
Wakefield Mass.... the place where it was thought to have originated was the farm of Mr. 
Owen Clark, who had a contract with Doctor C., of the New England Vaccine Company, 
to rent calves for the propagation of vaccine virus. These calves were later returned to 
Mr. Clark after the vaccine virus had been secured , im} - 

...the vaccine virus propagated by Manufacturer B in April and May, 1908, was 
contaminated with the virus of foot-and-mouth. The history of this particular vaccine 
shows that it was a Japanese strain, imported for the purpose of improving the standard 
vaccine produced by that company. The fact that the foot-and-mouth infection was 
present in the vaccine virus of Manufacturer B for so long a period, but was not 
transmitted to outside cattle, was doubtless due in part to this firm ’s practice of killing its 
calves after taking the vaccine virus. Manufacturer A, on the other hand, rented his 
calves and placed them again on the market a short time after the vaccine material was 
taken 

Although no connection was ever officially made between the 1870, 1880, and 1884 outbreaks of 
foot-and-mouth disease and vaccine production, the fact of the matter is that the start of these 
epidemics coincided with vaccine production that began in the United States in 1870. 

Calf lymph began to be used in the United States in 1870; the original lymph was 
obtained from France and inoculated into a herd of cows on a farm near Boston, 
Massachusetts. 1 ^ 

The suspected route of the 1870 outbreak was infected cattle from Canada. 

An extensive outbreak in 1870 was introduced by way of Canada, where the infection was 
brought by an importation of cattle from Scotland. It spread into the New England States 
and New York and appears to have beeri arrested within a few months. am 

The origin of the 1902 epidemic was first thought to be foreign shipping, and only after an in- 
depth investigation was the smallpox vaccine virus production determined to be the actual 
source. Detailed investigations of the pre-1902 foot-and-mouth outbreaks were never conducted. 
Although not proven, it seems likely that these previous foot-and-mouth disease epidemics could 
certainly have been a result of vaccine production. 

Dr. Peters concludes that as foot-and-mouth disease prevails extensively in France, 
Austria, Italy, and Switzerland, and also in less degree, in other European countries, it 
seems not impossible that the disease was imported from Europe in some fresh virus 
brought over to some vaccine establishment in the United States to renovate a product 


that was losing its vitality. Lim 

One of the strains of vaccine virus that caused two epidemics of foot-and-mouth disease 
originated in Japan, which had contaminated vaccines for years. Even though there was vaccine 
contamination, it was assumed that contaminant viruses would not be a risk for infection to 
humans because vaccine was only introduced through cutaneous [skin] inoculation. 

It is doubtful whether the disease can be transmitted to man by cutaneous or 
subcutaneous inoculation, though it is probable that the infection may be communicated 
if the virus directly enters the blood through wounds of any kind . imi 

...no instance of the transmission offoot-and-mouth disease to man through vaccine virus 
has been recorded, and it is doubtful, in view of the evidence submitted, if it is possible to 
reproduce the disease in him by the cutaneous inoculation commonly used in the process 
of vaccination , Lmi 

This made no sense, especially knowing that cowpox causes at least a subclinical infection. So 
why wouldn’t other viruses have the ability to do the same? Even a cursory understanding of 
anatomy should have revealed that blood circulates constantly via capillaries through the sk in . 

Human beings have historically been infected by the natural route with foot-and-mouth disease, 
but it was rare, even with close exposure to infected animals. The human disease, when it 
occurred, was seldom fatal and usually manifested with mild symptoms. However, more serious 
cases are documented: 

The symptoms in man resemble those observed in animals. There is fever, sometimes 
vomiting, painful swallowing, heat and dryness of the mouth, followed by an eruption of 
vesicles on the buccal mucous membrane and very rarely by similar ones on the fingers. 
The vesicles appear on the lips, gums, cheek, and edge of the tongue, and are about the 
size of a pea. 11111 

Natural exposure to animals and their viruses does not manifest the same as direct injection of 
animal viruses during the process of vaccination. Doctors noticed that cases of foot-and-mouth 
disease were transmitted to humans through smallpox vaccination, and in those cases the disease 
was not so mild. A speech by Senator Money of Mississippi on February 25, 1909, in the debate 
concerning the foot-and-mouth disease epidemic in 1908 affirms this truth. 

This is an important question with respect to cattle, but it is very much more important to 
the human beings of this country. These vaccine points are the things with which we 
vaccinate the children of this country against smallpox. It has been found that it 
sometimes makes them immune from smallpox, but gives them the foot-and-mouth 
disease, which is just about as bad \ITML 

At a meeting of the American Dermatological Association in 1902, Dr. James Howe of Boston 
presented 10 cases of a serious skin condition that occurred between July 1, 1901, and July 1, 
1902. During this time, the City Board of Health administered approximately 230,000 
vaccinations. 


...while the wave of vaccination, as we might term it, was at its full height, there were 
received into the Boston City Hospital for treatment a remarkable series of cases of 
Bullous [fluid filled vesicles] Dermatitis. All of these cases appeared in persons who had 
been recently vaccinated, with the exception of one additional case not included in the 
above mentioned cases... All of them were of a severe type, several proving fatal, and I 
am in a great doubt as to how to properly classify them... In the 10 cases which followed 
vaccination there were six deaths, a most extraordinary mortality . am 

The 10 cases were described in detail by Dr. Howe. “Case 1” was a 43-year-old man: 

Two weeks after vaccination his left arm became rather sore, and two large reddish areas 
appeared on the site of the vaccination. A day or two later these reddened areas were 
each covered with a bleb the size of a ten-cent piece... a little more than four weeks after 
he was vaccinated, all soreness in the arms having in the meantime disappeared, crops of 
bullce [blisters], varying from a split pea to a quarter of a dollar, began to appear on the 
face and scalp, also in the axillce [armpit], the inner aspects of the thighs, and on the 
back and abdominal walls... The scalp is covered with bloody crusts, both eyes are 
closed, swollen and crusted, and a purulent secretion bathes the lids. There was no pain 
or itching. There were discrete bullce, varying in size from a quarter to a half dollar, 
scattered here and there over the lower extremities. The temperature was at this time 
103°... On the 22 nd [day]... His breathing was rapid and difficult, and, as he was unable 
to swallow even liquids, nutrient enernata [provided rectally] were given. Death occurred 
suddenly at eleven P.M. ,lim 



Photo 5.3: Bullous dermatitis closely allied to acute pemphigus. (1908) 

Dr. Howe detailed nine other similar cases—some who recovered after a long illness and some 
who died. He asked if this could be the result of vaccination or infectious material introduced at 
the time of vaccination or some other cause. He would not have kn own about the vaccines that 
were contaminated with foot-and-mouth disease virus, because they were not definitively 
identified in the vaccines until several years after the date of this lecture. 



So far as could be learned, animal lymph was used in all these cases, and it undoubtedly 
came from a trustworthy source, and with possibly one or two exceptions the vaccination 
was done by physicians appointed by the Boston Board of Health. 11 -- 1 - 

Dr. Bowen reported more cases of bullous dermatitis in children following vaccination. He noted 
in one case that the “type of the disease in the case is severe, having persisted for five years. 
During the discussion, Dr. Stelwagon raised his suspicion of a connection between the disease 
seen in people who handled animal products and the cases being described by Dr. Howe. 

I recently saw an article by Bulloch and Pernet, in the British Journal of Dermatology, in 
which the writers reported a number of cases of acute pemphigus in persons who handled 
animal products, and it occurs to me that in the cases described by Dr. Howe the 
infecting material might have been accidentally obtained from the animals from which 
the vaccine was procured . imi 

In another paper, Dr. Bowen examined the case of a skin disease that appeared in a butcher in the 
form of large blisters during the 1902 foot-and-mouth epidemic. It was labeled as pemphigus. 
Pemphigus is known today as an autoimmune disease 11 ^ 1 of u nkn own cause. This wholesale 
meat cutter received several cuts on his hand that became swollen and infected. Three weeks 
later, he entered Massachusetts General Hospital. 

...the lesions appeared on the hand, he began to have an affection of the nose, which was 
generally swollen and crusted, so that the nostrils were completely occluded. About eight 
days ago, there appeared, at first on the head and ears, multiple yellowish “blisters, ” 
which had steadily extended over the body up to the present time... was covered with 
large and small bullce on an uninflamed base, often sharply raised and very tense, 
distributed over the trunk, extremities, neck and scalp. Upon the scalp many of the lesions 
had dried into crusts, which were often hemorrhagic [profuse bleeding]. Upon both ears 
there where hemorrhagic crusts of considerable size, besides purely bullous lesions. On 
the sides of the neck, abdomen, back and thighs, there were numerous bullce from half an 
inch to an inch in diameter 

The butcher slowly improved and recovered and was discharged from the hospital three weeks 
after arriving. In his paper, Dr. Bowen made the link between the foot-and-mouth disease 
epidemic of 1902, the vaccine, and pemphigus. He noted that just before the 1902 outbreak, 
people who were recently vaccinated developed this serious and sometimes fatal skin condition. 

Dr. Tyzzer proves conclusively that foot-and-mouth disease may be disseminated by 
means of vaccination, and that this actually occurred in the summer of 1903. We know of 
a well defined bullous affection which occurs in butchers and people who have to do with 
animal products, and which is very often fatal. We know that another series of cases 
with similar symptoms occurred in Boston from January to June, 1902, just before the 
outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, in people of varying occupations, but who had all 
been vaccinated ... It would seem that there is sufficient resemblance between foot-and- 
mouth disease and acute pemphigus to warrant a belief that they belong in the same 
group of affections, and that they may possibly be allied . iml 


Dr. Bowen describes a number of similar cases in people with different occupations, including 
butcher, tanner, blacksmith, and farmer. All had contact with animals or animal products. Most 
had wounds on their fingers or hands. Some recovered after a long illness, and some died. 

Ongoing reports of acute pemphigus following vaccination appeared in various medical journals. 
These cases were severe and sometimes even fatal. 

In New Orleans there had been a recent outbreak of smallpox, and following the 
necessarily extensive vaccination there had been numerous vaccination eruptions. The 
first eruption of this kind that had come to his notice was in a little child... The lesions 
were for the most part bullous. A few days later, he found the spots had become 
hemorrhagic. After several days in the hospital the child became almost comatose... The 
case had been under observation for two years... He had seen three other cases of this 
kind 

While most of these cases run a relatively benign course, I saw a fatal termination in a 
case of bullous eruption of the acute pemphigus type. This occurred in a girl offive years, 
the eruption beginning two weeks after vaccination. I have also seen four other cases of 
generalized bullous eruption of the type described above, occurring shortly after 
vaccination 


A negro carpenter, age 60, was vaccinated... on June 9, 1910... That night patient had 
some headache, and the following morning, four weeks after his vaccination, a bullous 
eruption appeared on his left arm... At first the blebs varied in size from a pea to others 
having a base about the size of a dime. They increased rapidly in size, many becoming as 
large as a walnut, or even larger. By the second day the bullce had appeared on the legs 
and trunk, especially in the left axilla. During the third and fourth day the entire body 
became covered with these bullce, varying in size from a pea to a walnut... Toward the 
end of the first week several blebs developed in the mouth, one small one on the tongue, 
and one large one on the side of the pharynx. The latter, when it burst, “nearly drowned 
him, ” according to his wife... For two days, while the bullce were in his throat and mouth, 
he was able to take only liquid nourishment. His temperature varied from 96° F. to 99.8° 
F... Between two and three weeks after the disappearance of the first crop of bullce, they 
began to recur over the same areas and the back was covered with a second crop of 
bullce, large and small, some confluent as before... September 9.—The patient steadily 
improved under treatment... A few more bullce appeared upon the left arm, back, and 
buttocks. These were smaller than before and ran a similar course... the disease may, 
however, be due to an infection is shown by the fact that Pernet and Bulloch report three 
cases of acute pemphigus in butchers, all whom had wounds which continued to 
suppurate [form pus] up to the time of the outbreak of pemphigus. mAi 

Vaccine production, utilizing animals that were also used for food, was the genesis of at least 
two epidemics of foot-and-mouth disease in the United States and possibly the source of other 
epidemics. The infected animals inflicted disease upon an unknown number of butchers, tanners, 
blacksmiths, and others who worked with animal products. 

Contaminated vaccines were also used to vaccinate untallied masses of people. This resulted in 


the unintended consequence of pain and suffering and sometimes even death. The following 
figure shows the connection from vaccine to animals to humans. 


Vaccine virus contaminated 
with foot-and-mouth disease. 



Virus used on calves to 
manufacture smallpox vaccine. 




Contaminated vaccine 
used to vaccinate. 



Foot-and-mouth epidemics of 
1902 and 190S killed 
thousands of animals with a 
large financial cost. 



Other foot-and-mouth 
epidemics in France. Austria, 
Italy, Switzerland, etc.? 

U.S. epidemics in 1870, 1SS0, 
and 18S4? 


Humans infected directly by 
animals, or with contaminated 
vaccines, developed foot and 
mouth disease and or pemphigus. 


Figure 5.1: Connection between vaccines and foot-and-mouth disease. 


Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine how many other foot-and-mouth epidemics may have 
occurred in the world due to contaminated strains of vaccine. If butchers and animal handlers 
developed foot-and-mouth disease simply from touching or breathing the air in the midst of these 
animals, what kind of fallout could have gone uncalculated after the injection of this contaminant 
along with smallpox vaccines? We know there were high numbers of people with vaccine 
sickness and vaccine-related deaths. How many deaths were due to this particular adulteration? 

The most puzzling thing of all is that this vaccine has long been credited with the only 
eradication of a disease from the planet. Knowing the process of vaccine production and what 
was in them, is it really possible that this vaccine eradicated any disease? 

Numerous well-documented incidents of vaccine contamination have occurred. Even today, a 
contaminant cannot be screened for unless the scientists suspect it is there, have designed a 
specific test, and perform the test adequately. Occult infections (infections first recognized by 
secondary manifestations) are kn own to exist inside various vaccines in present timesThe 
SV-40 virus was a kn own contaminant of polio vaccines grown on monkey kidney cells up 
through the 1980s. 

As long as animals and animal cells are used for vaccine manufacture, the potential for infection 
will exist. There is no proposed end to the use of animals in vaccine production. 












6. The Great Demonstration 


Decorous and admissible language fails me, in alluding to that which might have seemed 
incredible thirty years ago—the commanding of vaccination on a second child of a family, 
when vaccination has killed the first; and then sending the father to prison for refusal. 

- Emeritus Professor F. W. Newman (1805-1897), October 26, 1874 

Those who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve 

neither Liberty nor Safety. 

- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) 

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. 

- Martin Futher King Jr. (1929-1968) 

It was March 23, 1885, and after a long, harsh winter, the manufacturing town of Feicester, 
England, enjoyed one of the first beautiful spring days. Thousands from the vicinity and 
surrounding towns gathered to protest what they felt was an unjust law forced upon them by the 
British government. 

Although vaccination for smallpox had been used since the year 1800, the government did not 
begin to enforce it until the first acts in 1840 and 1853. The 1853 law set the governmental 
machinery in place to require every child to be vaccinated within three months of birth. 

Through a series of legal acts over the years, the British government had, by the time of the 
protest in Feicester, made refusing smallpox vaccination a crime punishable by fines or 
imprisonment. The following was reported in March 1884 in the Leicester Mercury. 

Edward Irons was summoned for neglecting to comply with an order for the vaccination 
of his son, aged two years. He said he had a conscientious objection to conforming to the 
Vaccination Act, and he was also acting under the advice of his doctor, who stated that 
vaccination was not conducive to the child’s health, nor would it benefit him. One of his 
children had been vaccinated, and she had suffered considerably from the effects of it, 
and he could not allow the boy to undertake the same risk. He then gave the opinions of 
several medical gentlemen on the evils of vaccination, and said he thought it would be 
inadvisable for the Bench to enforce the law upon a conscientious objection. The 
Chairman said there were few questions which had given rise to more varied opinions 
than the subject of vaccination. It had been proved beyond doubt that vaccination had 
caused smallpox to show itself in a much milder form. The Bench were unanimous in 
their opinions upon the question. They acted upon public grounds, and decided that the 
order should be enforced within a fortnight. If the order were not complied with, 



defendant would be liable to a penalty of twenty shillings. That course would be taken 
with all cases that came before them. imi 

The 1867 Vaccination Act consolidated existing laws regarding vaccination and instituted a fine 
for parents who did not present their children for vaccination within three months of birth. 

The next landmark in the history of vaccinal legislation is the law of1867, and this is to 
this day the law under which all penalties are exacted against unbelievers. This is the 
vaccination law of England [in 1897] ...E^ 

Despite the actions taken by the government to ensure a very high vaccination rate, a massive 
smallpox epidemic hit not only Leicester but all of England and other parts of the world in the 
early 1870s. The epidemic in Leicester resulted in thousands of cases of smallpox and hundreds 
of deaths, shaking to its core many people’s belief in the protective powers of vaccination. 

...as the years continued more parents heard of saw, or experienced a growing list of 
complications attributed to vaccination. The 1871-72 smallpox epidemic gave a vivid 
example to the townspeople, in that although they had complied with the law some 3,000 
cases occurred and of these 358 died, some of them vaccinated according to the law.^ 21 

A letter appearing in the July 1884 issue of the Leicester Mercury reflected the feelings of those 
who had lost faith in vaccination. 

It must strike the reflective observer as rather singular that all the recent smallpox 
outbreaks have made their appearance among populations where the laws enforcing 
vaccination have been rigorously and systematically carried out. 96% of births in 
London are protected by vaccination. May I venture to ask whether medical men who 
have defended and fostered a system of medical procedure which eighty years ’ 
experience has demonstrated a disastrous and humiliating failure ought not to feel 
honourably bound on public grounds to retrace their steps and confess that vaccination, 
like other once popular prescriptions of inoculation, bleeding and mecurization, is a 
serious and mischievous blunder. [mi 

A swelling wave was developing. Laws were initially passed after people refused the vaccine 
when they noticed the negative complications. Later, they submitted because of the new laws and 
still were stricken with deadly smallpox epidemics. Then, even more people rebelled. 

Although incongruous with logic, the government took steps to further increase the rate of 
vaccination by using vaccination officers to prosecute parents who refused to have their children 
vaccinated. 

After the serious smallpox epidemic of1870-1, part of the pandemic which swept over 
Europe, the appointment of vaccination officers was made compulsory, and the 
authorities in Leicester, as elsewhere, attempted to enforce vaccination more rigorously. 
Prosecutions in the town increased from two in 1869 to over 1,100 in 1881, the total for 
the twelve years being over 6,000. Of these, 64 had involved imprisonment and 193 
distraints [seizure of property to obtain money owed] upon goods, the latter often being 
effected with much difficulty owing to popular sympathy with the defendants. All classes 


of the community were represented—among those who set the law at defiance, and those 
who were prosecuted were regarded as martyrs fi^ 

Even from the earliest days of vaccination, many people were moved to oppose the law because 
so many children suffered serious health problems and death following the procedure. 

Primarily it was due to the serious after-effects and injury to health of which many people 
had had personal experience in their own families, or believed that they had had, and 
which undoubtedly were much more common in those days of arm-to-arm vaccination, 
when the importance of asepsis [the state of being free ofpathogenic microorganisms] 
was unknown or little understood... To be compelled to have a healthy and beloved child 
vaccinated when it was sincerely believed that injury to health might follow seemed to 
many parents to constitute an intolerable interference with individual liberty. 

The penalties fell disproportionately on the poor who, if they could not afford to pay the fine for 
noncompliance with the vaccination law, would have the settlement forcibly offset by seizure 
and sale of their furniture. From the Leicester Mercury, January 1884: 

A man named Arthur Ward had two children injured through vaccination and refused to 
submit another one to the operation. A fine was imposed and on 24th November two 
police officers called for the penalty, or in default to ticket the goods. The husband was 
out at the market, and the poor woman had no money to pay. The goods downstairs were 
considered insufficient to cover the amount, and the officers demanded to go upstairs. 

The woman refused to allow this, and an altercation took place, and harsh language was 
used by the officers, who threatened to take her husband to prison, terrifying Mrs. Ward. 
At that time she was pregnant, and the shock to the system, and the fright, were of such a 
character that symptoms ensued which ultimately led to a premature confinement, and on 
26th December she gave birth to a still-born child. She never recovered and last week she 
expired. The doctor who had attended Mrs. Ward said that although he believed in 
vaccination he did not think it was the duty of any professional man to carry out the laws 
in the outrageous and brutal manner in which they were enforced 

Because of the serious and sometimes fatal results of the procedure, and the government’s 
steadfast support of forced vaccination through fines and imprisonment, the people were 
motivated to revolt. In great numbers, they took to the streets of Leicester to protest. At the time 
of the demonstration, thousands of prosecutions were being brought against parents who refused 
vaccination for their children. 

The widespread opposition to the enforcement of the compulsory clauses of the 
Vaccination Acts which exists in Leicester culminated yesterday in a great demonstration, 
which was carried out very successfully. The position which the inhabitants of the town 
have assumed with regard to this question is due to a variety of causes. At the present 
moment there are over 5,000 persons being summoned for refusing to comply with the 
law.... summonses issued in the year 1884 only reached seven, or a little over one 
summons in every two months, while at the present moment forty-five summonses are 
being heard and disposed of every week. But even the disposal offorty-five defendants 
every week is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the case, and the defaulters and 


the objectors increase faster than the cases can be dealt with 

The crowd gathered in Leicester from a number of different counties in England and included 
people of all professions. 

The demonstration... drew delegates from all parts of the country, while many letters of 
sympathy were received not only from England, Scotland, and Ireland, but from Jersey, 
France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, and America. Most of the large towns in the 
kingdom sent special banners, the Yorkshire, Irish, and Scotch being very prominent. The 
anti-vaccinationists in Jersey sent a very elaborate banner setting forth that the Acts had 
been four times defeated there, while the Belgium banner had this inscription in French 
— “Neither fines nor imprisonment will prevent vaccine being a poison nor the 
vaccination laws an infamy. 

It was a festive atmosphere with music playing and hundreds of flags and banners displayed with 
sayings such as “Liberty is our birthright, and liberty we demand,” “Oppressive laws make 
discontented peoples,” “The mothers of England demand repeal,” “The Three Pillars of 
Vaccination—Fraud, Force, and Folly,” and “We no longer beg but demand the control of our 
children.” 

The mayor of the city received the procession, and a member of the municipal council 
presided. An effigy ofJenner [considered the father of vaccination] was hung from the 
gallows and given the “long drop ” at intervals as the procession advanced. Those men 
who had suffered the extreme penalty of imprisonment made a prominent figure, and 
others, whose goods had been seized, displayed samples of the otherwise rather 
commonplace utensils to admiring eyes. The obnoxious parliamentary acts were 
enthusiastically burned. A wagon carrying unvaccinated children bore the motto: “They 
that are whole need not a physician. 

The most important feature was a large number of men who had undergone the extreme 
process of imprisonment rather than submit to the law. Next came a larger detachment, 
consisting of men who had their household goods seized and sold by public auction, 
samples of the goods which had been seized and sold being conveyed in wagons. The next 
detachment consisted of a conveyance filled with unvaccinated children... This was 
followed by a large number of delegates, many of whom were from London, Leeds, 
Manchester, Halifax, Blackburn, Keighley, Bedford, Birmingham, Lincoln, and Norwich. 
Among other features in the procession were a horse and cow, drawn in wagons and 
exhibited as sources of vaccination 

Both the devices and mottoes were of the most profuse order. One of the devices was an 
effigy of Dr. Jenner inscribed “child-slayer; ” a second was a complete funeral cortege, 
consisting of a coffin on open bier, mourners, etc., and inscribed “another victim of 
vaccination ”... 

The large two-mile-long procession marched around the town for about two hours, receiving 
enthusiastic cheering at various points along the route. The townspeople showed their support by 
waving streamers with flags and sayings along the route. The procession continued to 


marketplace. 


...a goodly number of anti-vaccinators were present, and an escort was formed, preceded 
by a banner, to accompany a young mother and two men, all of whom had resolved to 
give themselves up to the police and undergo imprisonment in preference to having their 
children vaccinated. The utmost sympathy was expressed for the poor woman, who bore 
up bravely, and although seeming to feel her position expressed her determination to go 
to prison again and again rather than give her child over to the “tender mercies ” of a 
public vaccinator. The three were attended by a numerous crowd and in Gallowtreegate 
three hearty cheers were given for them, which were renewed with increased vigour as 
they entered the doors of the police cells. imi 

Organizers of the event estimated the number at attendance to have been between 80,000 and 
100,000. Mr. Councillor Butcher of Leicester presided and congratulated the crowd on the 
magnificent and elaborate display. He said: 

...the exemplaiy conduct of the many thousands ofpeople who had attended the 
demonstration showed that they were determined only to use fair and constitutional 
means to bring about a repeal of the Acts. {mi 

He addressed the audience: 

Many present had been sufferers under the Acts, and all they asked was that in the future 
they and their children might be let alone. They lived for something else in this world 
than to be experimented upon for the stamping out of a particular disease. A large and 
increasing portion of the public were of opinion that the best way to get rid of smallpox 
and similar diseases was to use plenty of water, eat good food, live in light and airy 
houses, and see that the Corporation kept the streets clean and the drains in order. If 
such details were attended to, there was no need to fear smallpox, or any of its kindred; 
and if they were neglected, neither vaccination nor any other prescription by Act of 
Parliament could save them. l2m 

The crowd cheered. Mr. William Young, secretary of the London Society, followed with a 
resolution: 

That the principle of the Compulsory Vaccination Acts is subversive of that personal 
liberty which is the birthright of every free-born Briton; that they are destructive of 
parental rights, tyrannical and unjust in operation, and ought therefore to be resisted by 
every constitutional means. 

After the demonstration, an evening meeting took place in Temperance Hall under the 
presidency of Rev. J. Page Hopps. The hall was decorated with flags and sayings denouncing the 
practice of vaccination. There were delegates from more than 60 towns on the platform. Mr. 
W. Stanyon presented a resolution that passed unanimously. 

That the Compulsory Vaccination Acts, which make loving and conscientious parents 
criminals, subjecting them to fines, loss of goods, and imprisonment, propagate disease 
and inflict death, and under which five thousand of our fellow-townsmen are now being 


prosecuted, are a disgrace to the Statute Book, and ought to be abolished forthwith . 22221 

The demonstration was considered a wonderful success by the people in attendance. Dr. Spencer 
T. Hall, a 73-year-old resident of Blackpool, was overcome with emotion when speaking of the 
events of the day. He said his tears were tears of joy at having lived to see vaccination being so 
challenged. 

He had been vaccinated at two years of age, and very seriously injured; but at fourteen 
he had a severe attack of small-pox, which was followed by improved health. Far rather 
would he have small-pox than be vaccinated. Fie had paid fines for all his children. In his 
long and wide experience he had never seen such evil results from small-pox as he had 
seen from vaccination , l2M 

These fearless people wanted to be able to make their own decisions for their health and the 
health of their children and thus fought for self-determination. 

The fearful mortality from small-pox in completely vaccinated and presumably well 
“protected” Leicester during the years 1871-2 had the effect of destroying the people’s 
faith in “protective ” vaccination. The result was that poor and rich alike, the toilers, the 
aristocrats, and the municipal authorities, began to refuse vaccination for their 
children and themselves. This refusal continued until 1890, when, instead of ninety-five 
per cent the vaccination reached only about five per cent of the total births fi ^ 

Thousands of brave people set off a historical rebellion that successfully countered a prevailing 
medical belief and heavy-handed government rule. The medical profession proclaimed that the 
Leicester residents would suffer greatly for their decision to turn their backs on vaccination. 
They prognosticated that this unvaccinated town with its “highly flammable material” 22221 would 
suffer with the “dread disease” 22211 that would spread like “wild-fire on a prairie” 22221 and 
decimate the population. 

But the leaders of Leicester held steadfast to what they knew was right and successfully 
implemented their plan of sanitation, hygiene, and isolation—instead of vaccination. Their grand 
experiment would test the very notions of freedom of choice, self-detennination, and the heart of 
a flawed medical belief. 


7. The Rebel Experiment 


You may just as well try and stop a small-pox epidemic by vaccination as to prevent a 

thunderstorm with an umbrella. 

- Dr. Druitt, late 1800s 

What an act of insanity it would be to implant the infective products of undefined disease 
into the bodies of eight thousand healthy children in order to prevent the possible 
development of a very few mild cases of small-pox! Could absurdity go further than this? 

-Dr. J. W. Hodge, 1911 

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius — 
and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction. 

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955) 

Concerns over vaccine safety, effectiveness, and governmental infringement on personal liberty 
and freedom through compulsory vaccination stoked the fires of the anti-vaccination movement. 
People began to resist the government and chose to pay fines. Some even accepted imprisonment 
rather than allowing vaccination for themselves or their children. The public backlash culminated 
in the Great Demonstration in Leicester, England, in 1885. 

That same year, Leicester’s government, which had pushed for vaccination through the use of 
fines and jail time, was replaced with a new government that was opposed to compulsory 
vaccination. By 1887 the vaccination coverage rates had dropped to 10 percent. 

Since 1885, there had been no prosecution, and last year (1887), he believed, the number 
of vaccinations in Leicester amounted to only 11 and 12 per cent of births. 12 ^ 

The “Leicester Method” relied on quarantine of smallpox patients and thorough disinfection of 
their homes. They believed this was a cheap and effective means to eliminate the need for 
vaccination. 

The last decade has witnessed an extraordinary decrease in vaccination, but, 
nevertheless, the town has enjoyed an almost entire immunity from small-pox, there 
never having been more than two or three cases in the town at one time. A new method 
for which great practical utility is claimed has been enforced by the sanitaiy committee oj 
the Corporation for the stamping out of small-pox is one of the least troublesome diseases 
with which they have to deal. The method of treatment, in a word, is this:—As soon as 
small-pox breaks out, the medical man and the householder are compelled under penalty 
to at once report the outbreak to the Corporation. The small-pox van is at once ordered 


by telephone to make all arrangements, and thus, within a few hours, the sufferer is safely 
in the hospital. The family and inmates of the house are placed in quarantine in 
comfortable quarters, and the house thoroughly disinfected. The result is that in every 
instance the disease has been promptly and completely stamped out at a paltry expense. 
Under such a system the Corporation have expressed their opinion that vaccination is 
unnecessary, as they claim to deal with the disease in a more direct and much more 
efficacious manner. This, and a widespread belief that death and disease have resulted 
from the operation of vaccination, may be said to be the foundation upon which the 
existing opposition to the Acts rests. 

Even though it was clear that the Leicester Method was superior to vaccination, those who 
strongly endorsed vaccination believed that the immunity enjoyed by the town of Leicester was 
temporary and that sooner or later the town would suffer a large smallpox epidemic. They were 
convinced that a great tragedy was inevitable and there would be tremendous suffering for the 
unfortunates who followed the leaders into what they felt was a misguided adventure. They 
thought that the “gigantic experiment” would result in a terrible “massacre,” especially in the 
“unprotected” children. 

Sir Duminie Corrigan, M.D. when acting as one of the committee in 1871, on the 
Vaccination Act, said: “An unvaccinated child is like a bag of gunpowder which might 
blow up the whole school, and ought not, therefore to be admitted to a school unless he is 
vaccinated. 

One cannot help feeling that whenever the remarkable immunity which Leicester is said 
to have enjoyed for some eight years from this dread disease shall be broken... The 
corporation having thrown over vaccination are disposed to place their whole confidence 
upon prompt notification and isolation of every case that occurs... It is the unprotected 
children upon whom the scourge will fall heaviest, and the surrounding country will 
suffer from an epidemic... 12121 

Let them remove the cordon of protected persons about the cases, and their boasted 
arrangements will prove a delusion; the sick will be without nurses, and the very industry 
of Leicester will be molested by a plague which will stagger the radical authorities of the 
borough, and bring the thousands of unvaccinated and unrevaccinated inhabitants to cry 
for the blessings discovered by Jenner.^m 

The antivaccinators ofLeicester ... having to a great extent thrown off the armour of 
vaccination, are waging a desperate and gallant, though misguided, conflict against the 
enemy... But in Leicester, when its time arrives, we shall not fail to see a repetition of last 
century’s experiences, and certainly there will afterwards be fewer children left to die 
from diarrhoea. It is to be hoped that, when the catastrophe does come, the Government 
will see that its teachings are duly studied and recorded 'fiMi 

Despite such prophesies of doom from the medical profession, the majority of the town’s 
residents remained steadfast because their experience reinforced their belief that vaccination did 
not control smallpox. The prophecy that the Leicester residents would eventually be plagued 
with disaster never did come to pass. 


Leicester enjoyed better success against smallpox than other towns in England that were highly 
vaccinated. In the 1893 smallpox outbreak, the well-vaccinated district of Mold in Flintshire, 
England, had a death rate about 32 times higher than Leicester. 

Not only may well-vaccinated towns be affected with small-pox, but the most thorough 
vaccination of a population that is possible to imagine may be followed by an extensive 
outbreak of the disease. This happened in the mining and agricultural district of Mold, in 
Flintshire... Leicester, with a population under ten years of age practically 
unvaccinated, had a small-pox death-rate of 144 per million; whereas Mold, with all 
the births vaccinated for eighteen years previous to the epidemic, had one of 3,614 per 
million 

In the 1891-1894 smallpox outbreak described by Dr. J. W. Hodge, the highly vaccinated town 
of Birmingham had 63 smallpox cases and 5 deaths per 10,000 of population, compared with 
Leicester at 19 cases and 1 death per 10,000. 

., .Leicester had less than one-third the cases of small-pox and less than one-fourth the 
deaths in proportion to population than well-vaccinated Birmingham; so that both the 
alleged protection from attacks of the disease and the mitigation of its severity when it 
does attack, are shown not only to be absolutely untrue, in this case, to the absence of 
vaccination P 1 ®- 

The death rate from smallpox per hundred thousand in Leicester during the 1892-1894 outbreak 
was 5.7. In Birmingham it was 8.0, Warrington was 10.0, and Middlesbrough was 14.4. Over the 
years, Leicester’s death rate from smallpox declined even more. In the 1902-1903 outbreak the 
death rate was 5.3, and by the 1903-1904 outbreak it was down to 1.2. 

Leicester’s small-pox histoiy, and her successful vindication of sanitation as a small-pox 
prophylactic, will bear the closest scrutiny. Each successive epidemic since vaccination 
has decreased, with a larger proportion of unvaccinated population, furnishes a still 
lower death-rate '. {2m 

In 1904 C. Killick Millard, MD, who was at the time minister of health in Leicester, 
reported his observations of smallpox and vaccination. He formerly believed that 
vaccination provided the individual complete, although temporary, protection against 
smallpox. But following the events of Leicester, Dr. Millard had a philosophical turn¬ 
around and had to re-examine the relationship between vaccination and protection. 

...the fact that these prophecies, which were first made nearly twenty years ago, have, as 
yet, been unfulfilled, is one of the strongest reasons for re-examining the question of the 

influences of the vaccinal condition of a community in determining small-pox incidence. 

12181 

After his experience and understanding of smallpox deepened, Dr. Millard refuted the myth that 
unvaccinated people were at greater risk of contracting smallpox in an epidemic. Importantly, he 
noted that unvaccinated children were not highly susceptible to smallpox. He also observed that 
children in general were commonly infected by adults who had been vaccinated. 


The Danger of Unvaccinated Persons Contracting Small-Pox. — Moreover, the experience 
of Leicester during the recent epidemic, as in the previous epidemic (1892-93) ten years 
ago, seems to show that where modern measures are carried out, unvaccinated persons 
run less risk of contracting small-pox, even in the presence of an epidemic, than is usually 
supposed. It was predicted that once the disease got amongst the unvaccinated children 
of Leicester it would “spread like wildfire. ” L certainly expected this myself when I first 
came to Leicester, and it caused me much anxiety all through the epidemic. Yet although, 
during the ten months the epidemic lasted, 136 children (under fifteen years) were 
attacked, inflicted largely by once-vaccinated adults, it cannot be said that the disease 
ever showed any tendency to “catch on ” amongst the entirely unvaccinated child 
population... I have said enough to show that the “Leicester Method’’ in Leicester 
succeeded better than was anticipated 

In addition, Dr. Millard noted that vaccination was not the harmless procedure it was often 
touted to be. He made the extremely important observation that, even if vaccination did reduce 
the severity of smallpox, it still couldn’t stop the spread of the disease, because both severe and 
mild forms were contagious. 

I would say here that from what I have myself seen of vaccination in Leicester, I cannot 
quite regard it as the trifling operation so many medical men appear to think it. It 
constitutes a very definite, though usually only temporary, interference with health, and 
occasionally it is responsible for much more serious ill effects... If it only mitigates, then 

since the mildest small-pox is admittedly as contagious as the most severe, vaccinated 
small-pox is no less dangerous to the community than unvaccinated; therefore there is 
no reason, and therefore no right, to enforce vaccination by law . i2m 

Six years later in 1910, Dr. Millard concluded that infantile vaccination played a much smaller 
part in limiting the spread of smallpox than was generally predicted and that unvaccinated people 
were not a danger to the community. Therefore compulsory vaccination was not justified. 

Another year has passed without any case of small-pox having occurred in Leicester. It is 
now four years since the small-pox hospital was last used, or five years if the single case 
in 1906 be excluded. As I have pointed out before, the experience of Leicester proves that 
the danger of unvaccinated persons contracting small-pox, even in the presence of an 
epidemic—provided modern methods of dealing with the disease are efficiently carried 
out—has been somewhat overrated; whilst the danger of vaccinated persons spreading 
the disease—through the occurrence of highly modified cases which are so apt to be 
“missed ”—has not hitherto been sufficiently emphasised. It is very doubtful, therefore, 
whether it is any longer legitimate to justify vaccination being made compulsory, on the 
ground—at one time so much insisted upon—that “unvaccinatedpersons are a danger to 
the community. ”t^ll 

Even after 30 years of Leicester’s successful experiment, there were those who still believed 
disaster would eventually befall the “unprotected fools” who favored not vaccinating. An article 
in the 1914 New York Times stated: 

...a very large unprotected population has grown up, nearly equal to or even 


outnumbering the protected, as in Leicester where 75 per cent are said to be 
unvaccinated. So far there has been no great disaster, but from the experience of Canada, 
which was grievously scourged a generation ago because it allowed a large unprotected 
population to grow up, we can safely predict a dreadful reckoning in England. It may be 
all right to assert that this is Nature’s way of eliminating the fools who haven 7 sense 
enough to live in modern crowds, but among the dead will be many who have been 
deceived by men who were considered experts worthy of belief. Those who openly oppose 
vaccination or who tell everybody to wait until they come to the bridge of danger before 
crossing it, are taking a heavy responsibility on their souls. 12211 

Most infants in Leicester remained unvaccinated. Although some school children developed 
smallpox, there were no major outbreaks. How could the medical experts have been so wrong? 
In 1893, Professor E. M. Crookshank, 12221 author of History and Pathology of Vaccination and 
Professor of Comparative Pathology in King’s College, London, expressed his views on 
vaccination. 

Unfortunately, a belief in the efficacy of vaccination has been so enforced in the 
education of the medical practitioner that it is hardly probable that the futility of the 
practice will be generally acknowledged in our generation, though nothing would more 
redound [contribute] to the credit of the profession and give eviderice of the advance in 
pathology and sanitary science. It is more probable that when, by means of notification 
and isolation, small-pox is kept under control, vaccination will disappear from practice, 
and will retain only an historical interest. 12221 

In hindsight, Dr. Crookshank was an optimist to think that the futility of the practice of 
vaccination would be acknowledged in any generation. Smallpox vaccination was discontinued 
nearly one hundred years later, but the fact that the practice was unnecessary and had caused 
needless suffering and death was never recognized or acknowledged. In fact, despite all the 
serious problems with it and the lack of evidence of effectiveness, it is still upheld as the 
exemplary vaccine to promote vaccine faith today. 

The year 1948 brought an end to compulsory vaccination in England. By that point, the 
experiment in Leicester, which had been going on for more than 60 years, proved to be a great 
success. In 1948 Dr. Millard stated: 

...in Leicester during the 62years since infant vaccination was abandoned there have 
been only 53 deaths from smallpox, and in the past 40 years only two deaths. Moreover, 
the experience in Leicester is confirmed, and strongly confirmed, by that of the whole 
country. Vaccination has been steadily declining ever since the “conscience clause” 
was introduced, until now nearly two-thirds of the children born are not vaccinated. Yet 
smallpox mortality has also declined until now quite negligible. In the fourteen years 
1933-1946 there were only 28 deaths in a population of some 40 million, and among 
those 28 there was not a single death of an infant under 1 year of age. 12221 

In a 1980 Medical History article, Stuart M. Fraser commented on the success of the Leicester 
Method. 


Leicester stands as an example, probably the first, where measures other than total 
reliance on vaccination were introduced successfully to eradicate the disease from the 
community... A system of immediate notification, isolation, and quarantine of contacts 
is one which has proved particularly effective in containing and limiting smallpox. 122 ^ 1 

Forty-two years after his 1904 report, Dr. Millard, who had been the minister of health in 
Leicester from 1901 to 1935, explained why he believed medical experts of the day were wrong. 
At the core was a set of self-reinforcing beliefs in vaccination. 

Looking back it is interesting to consider why medical experts were so mistaken in their 
prophecies of disaster to come if universal vaccination of infants was abandoned. It was 
probably due to the belief, then so strongly held, that it was infant vaccination, and that 
alone, which had brought about the great diminution of smallpox mortality that followed 
upon an introduction of vaccination. That this was clearly a case of cause and effect was 
reiterated in every textbook and in every course of lectures on public health. It was 
hailed, indeed, as the outstanding triumph of preventative medicine. No wonder that 
medical students accepted it as an incontrovertible scientific fact. 12221 

Medical authorities often used diagrams to show that vaccination enforcement was tied to a 
decrease in smallpox deaths. Such diagrams were designed to illustrate an apparent correlation 
between the rate of infant vaccination and smallpox mortality. But those diagrams were flawed. 
Again, Dr. Millard commented. 

We now know that the apparent correlation must have been a coincidence, because 
smallpox mortality continued to decrease even after vaccination was decreasing also, 
and this had now gone on for 60 years. Obviously there must have been other causes at 
work which brough t about the dramatic fall in smallpox mortality since the beginning of 
the nineteenth century, and to the extent vaccination has for so many years been receiving 
more credit—perhaps much more—than it was entitled to. 22222 

After the 1872 epidemic in Leicester, both vaccination rates and deaths from smallpox declined 
(Graph 7.1). In contrast to what vaccine enthusiasts say today, overall child mortality 
declined after 1885 while vaccination rates plummeted (Graph 7.2). It’s important to note that 
the death rate for children of all ages did not begin to change until about 1880. 

Decades of strict vaccination laws did absolutely nothing to improve the overall life 
expectancy of children in all age groups. 


Graph 7.1 (below): Leicester, England, smallpox mortality rate vs. smallpox vaccination coverage from 1838 

to 1910 



































Graph 7.1 (above): Leicester, England, smallpox mortality rate vs. smallpox vaccination coverage from 1838 to 1910 


Graph 1.2 (below!: Leicester, England, mortality rates for various age groups vs. smallpox vaccination coverage from 

1838 to 1910 







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Graph 1.2 (above): Leicester, England, mortality rates for various age groups vs. smallpox vaccination 

coverage from 1838 to 1910 


The principles pioneered in Leicester were instrumental in the decline of this historically horrific 
disease. 

Contrary to popular belief smallpox was not eradicated by mass vaccination. Though 
tried initially it proved difficult to implement in many countries and was abandoned in 
favour of surveillance-containment. This involved trained workers searching for cases, 
with rewards for those who found them. Cases and their contacts were then isolated; 
contacts were vaccinated. 12221 

The experiment of 60+ years not only showed that the method was successful, it also 
demonstrated that established scientific thinking could be mistaken. Despite Leicester’s success 
and the change of smallpox expression to that of a mild disease, governments elsewhere 
continued to use heavy-handed measures backed by the force of law to compel people to be 
vaccinated. 

In 1902 Alderman Thomas Windley read a paper at the annual meeting of the Royal Institute of 
Public Health in Exeter, England. Windley was the chairman of a sanitary committee for 47 
years, and in his speech he challenged the medical profession to recognize the success in 
Leicester. 

...[if] the evils which they conscientiously believe would follow by the absence of 
vaccination in a great manufacturing town like Leicester have not been experienced? 

They may fairly be asked to consider whether the time has not arrived when they can give 
a little credit to Leicester for what they have done in stamping out repeated outbreaks of 
small-pox, and for being the first to set an example of the most successful methods in 
dealing with this loathsome and terrible infectious disease, which has since been followed 
by nearly all the great towns of the country. 12221 

In 1911 Dr. J. W. Hodge published a paper on how smallpox was controlled in Leicester. By this 
time, the rebel experiment had been successful for decades. 

The experience of unvaccinated Leicester is an eye-opener to the people and an eye-sore 
to the pro-vaccinists the world over. Here is a great manufacturing town having a 
population of nearly a quarter of a million, which has demonstrated by a crucial test of 
an experience extending over a period of more than a quarter of a century, that an 

unvaccinated population has been far less susceptible to small-pox and far less afflicted 
by that disease since it abandoned vaccination than it was at a time when ninety-five 
per cent of its births were vaccinated and its adult population well re-vaccinated , imi 

Yugoslavia February 16-April 11,1972 

The WHO was forced to implement a version of the Leicester Method in the latter stages of their 
smallpox campaigns, when it became plain to them that vaccination didn’t reliably protect. 

Yugoslavia experienced a smallpox epidemic beginning in Lebruary 1972. The index case was a 



recently vaccinated Yugoslavian haji pilgrim who picked up the disease while traveling through 
Iraq. He had been vaccinated in December 1971 at a public health clinic. 

By the time the epidemic was controlled in April of 1972, there were 175 cases and 35 deaths. Of 
note was that the older portion of the population was highly vaccinated, and the third wave of 
cases was almost all in people who were previously vaccinated. The WHO’s own report states: 

In the age group 20 and over, 92 patients had previously been vaccinated while 21 were 
unvaccinated. The relatively large number of previously vaccinated cases among those 
over seven years of age indicates a substantial decrease in post-vaccinal immunity 
following primary vaccination, as well as a lack of successful revaccination when they 
were seven and 14 years old. 1 ml 

The first death was on March 10, and the health officials had no idea the cause was smallpox. 
The autopsy report said the cause of death was penicillin anaphylaxis. Vaccination did not begin 
until March 16. 

Even though they knew that vaccination was ineffective, the Yugoslavian Federal Epidemiologic 
Commission went ahead and vaccinated 18 million citizens. Vaccination had to continue through 
the end of April because so many of the vaccinations were considered unsuccessful and had to be 
repeated. An obvious question is, just how many smallpox vaccines in the previous 200 years 
didn’t “take” either? Yet no one knew... In the meantime, the Leicester Method was also carried 
out, and all cases were quickly quarantined. 

Contacts were placed in special quarantine facilities (e.g. in the Djakovica hospital and 
in a motel near Belgrade). There were also quarantine facilities set up in individual 
houses, as well as in whole villiages, as was the case with Danjane and Ratkovac and 
some other villiages 

The epidemic was rapidly extinguished. 

Vaccination, although kn own to be ineffective, had to be implemented if the history of vaccine 
success was to be upheld. But what really stopped the epidemic was use of the Leicester Method. 


8. The Power of the State 


No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent. 

- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 

I assert that it is beyond the functions of law to dictate a medical procedure, or enforce any 

scientific theoiy. 

- Emeritus Professor F. W. Newman (1805-1897), October 26, 1874 

By the mid-1800s and into the 1900s, governmental support of vaccination as the only means of 
controlling smallpox was firmly entrenched. As seen in England in the late 1800s, despite a 
parent’s belief that a vaccine had caused a child’s injury or death and despite dissenting medical 
opinions, governments and courts were unified in their decree that vaccination had to be 
enforced. Fines, seizure of personal property, and imprisonment were instituted to compel the 
population into compliance of the law based upon the dominant medical paradigm. Punishments 
were carried out for not vaccinating. 

England, August 1869: 

In August [1869] Mrs. Anne Sipple was committed for seven days ’ hard labor—an illegal 
sentence—and confined in a stone cell with an infant of eighteen months, the child 
deprived of shoes and socks, and a diet of bread and water only for both , i2M1 

Atlanta, Georgia, December 17, 1897: 

Miss L. Miller a modiste [one that produces, designs, or deals in women’s fashions] of 91 
Crew Street, was fined $25.75 [estimated value of $680 in 2009 dollars] by Recorder 
Calhoun to-day for refusing to be vaccinated. She was unable to pay the amount, and was 
ordered to serve twenty-five days in the city prison. After having been in prison for three 
hours Miss Miller said she would allow her family physician to vaccinate her. She was 
subsequently vaccinated and released 

Boston, Massachusetts, January 26, 1902: 

In order to stamp out smallpox, which is semi-epidemic here, the Board of Health started 
compulsory vaccination to-dav. The work was begun in East Boston, where 125 surgeons, 
each accompanied by a policeman, made a house-to-house canvass, vaccinating all who 
had not been recently inoculated. Those who refused to allow the operating will be 
hauled into court. 


Asheville, North Carolina, March 18, 1903: 


Prof. A. T. Weaver, at the head of a leading educational institution, has been sent to jail 
because he refused to be vaccinated and also because of his refusal to pay a fine of $25 
for the same. The vaccination was ordered as a precaution against smallpox. Prof. 
Weaver, it is said, may institute legal proceedings against the authorities and may take 
his case before the Supreme Court of North Carolina fim 

With its orders to force vaccination, personal choice and freedom were disregarded by the state. 

Where vaccines were resisted, police sometimes accompanied health officers, using heavy- 

handed tactics to carry out their goal of vaccinating. 

Passaic, New Jersey, April 11, 1901: 

There was a lively time in the works of the American Tobacco Company this afternoon, 
when the 350 girls employed objected to being vaccinated by the physicians sent there by 
the health officers... When the health officers went to the factory the girls were informed 
that every one of them would have to be vaccinated. Some of them fainted, others became 
hysterical, and there was a general rebellion. About 200 of them, led by Florence 
Haskell, attempted to get out of the works, but they found all the exits locked. The police 
were called and the work of vaccination began. Some of the girls fought the officers and 
were led up to the physicians screaming, struggling, and kicking. The greatest excitement 
prevailed and all work had to be suspended. At one time some of the girls threatened to 
destroy the factory if they were not allowed to go out, but all were finally vaccinated 

Lead, South Dakota, April 24, 1902: 

There was some excitement in this city and Deadwood last night when several hundred 
miners were forcibly vaccinated. So many cases of smallpox has occurred in the two 
cities that an order was issued compelling vaccination. The miners refused. Last night the 
Sheriff, five deputies, and four policemen accompanied the City Physician and four 
assistants in a round-up of the saloons, theatres, and gambling dens... Several fights 
occurred, but the miners were overawed... At first the miners were disposed to be ugly, 
but finally turned it off in merriment but for some time last night it appeared a riot would 
ensue. 

Montreal, Canada, September 28, 1885: 

The by-law passed by the Provincial Board of Health making vaccination compulsory 
having appeared in the Official Gazette increased the excitement among the French 
Canadians to such an extent that a riot broke out in the east end this morning, and before 
the crowd dispersed they smashed many of the windows of the East End Health Office... 
some 50 police had meantime arrived and drove the mob down the street, but they 
immediately gathered on the Champ de Mars in the rear, where a lively hand-to-hand 
conflict took place, but the rioters, when dispersed at one place, immediately met at 
another and renewed the stone throwing, and several of the police were wounded... the 
mob returned to the house of Dr. Laporte, public vaccinator, and set fire to it... the 
rioters proceeded once more to the East End Health Office, and easily overpowered the 
five policemen who were on guard. The whole front of the office was torn out and the 


smallpox placards and sulphur for disinfecting houses were piled up in the middle of the 
street and set fire to... The police then charged the crowd and drove them out to the city 
limits. The clubs were plied with vigor and many of the rioters were badly cut about the 
head . iml 


No profession was exempt from the tyrannical legal rulings. A judge, in a decision that forced 
vaccination on a teacher, stated that any teacher was essentially a slave to the Board of Education 
and therefore had no right to resist. 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 14, 1901: 

The advocates of compulsory vaccination won a victory to-day when Judge Arnold 
handed down a decision denying the injunction asked for by Miss Mary Helen Lyndall of 
the Girls ’ High School against the Board of Education, which suspended her for refusing 
to comply with its order to procure a certificate of successful vaccination within the last 
five years or else submit to an inoculation. In addition to refusing to the injunction asked 
for, the Judge discourages insubordination by announcing that the relation of a teacher 
to the Board of Education is that of a servant to a master.^- 1 

One way to enforce vaccination was to require all school-age children to attend school and then 
require them to be vaccinated. Parents who tried to avoid vaccination by keeping their children 
home soon found themselves subject to fines and imprisonment. 

Derby, Connecticut, April 26, 1902: 

Because he has decided to oppose to the last resort compulsory vaccination for his 
children, John McGuigan, a resident of this city, has received hundreds of letters from all 
parts of the country, and many of the missives contain offers of aid, pecuniary and 
otherwise. McGuigan was informed that he must have his two children vaccinated. He 
refused on the ground that one of the children, by a previous vaccination, had suffered 
serious complications. School regulations forbade the presence of children not 
vaccinated and McGuigan kept his children home. He was arrested on a charge alleging 
violation of the law providing for the proper schooling of children, and was fined in the 
police court. He appealed to the Superior Court, and the case awaits assignment for trial. 

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Personal experiences of vaccine failure or serious damage from previous vaccination did not stop 
the state from pursuing their oppressive methods. 

Passaic, New Jersey, March 8, 1912: 

Health Commissioner George Michels of this city will be arraigned in the police court to¬ 
morrow on a technical charge of disorderly conduct. The complaint is brought by the 
Board of Education, which accuses Mr. Michels of refusing to allow his daughter, 
Dorothy, a school girl, to be vaccinated. Mr. Michels was placed under arrest to-day. “I 
would move out of the State rather than be compelled to vaccinate my child, ” said Mr. 
Michels to-day. “My father died of smallpox after being vaccinated and my sister was 
crippled through being vaccinated, and there are many cases on record in and out of 


the city of great harm and even death caused by vaccination. ” Two weeks ago Dorothy 
Michels was sent home from School 9 because she was not vaccinated. She is 11 years 
old , i2221 


Hammonton, New Jersey, November 9, 1922: 

The State Board of Education has denied the appeal of James Adams, Luke Bales and 
George Ware of Berlin Township that the decision of State Commissioner of Education 
Enright, to the effect that the children of the men named must be vaccinated before they 
can attend the public schools of Berlin Township, be set aside. The children were refused 
entrance to the schools of the township in March last, because they were not vaccinated. 
The parents were arrested and fined $10 and costs, sentence being suspended in the hope 
they would reconsider their determination. This hope failed, and they were taken before 
Justice Walker and fined $100 each, the defendants to be jailed until the fines were paid. 
They served but a day or so when the Court ordered their release pending an appeal. One 
of the fathers is said to have threatened to shoot any doctor who attempted to vaccinate 
his child on an official order to do so , 12221 

Despite attempts to assert personal free choice, in the case Zeucht v. King the US Supreme Court 
decided that states have the right to exert “police power” to enforce vaccination. The court stated 
that protection of “public health” overrode any consideration of personal choice or liberty. 12 ^ 

Vaccinations continued to be forced on the people in spite of objections by physicians, a large 
disruption of the school system, and many people becoming seriously ill. 

Patterson, New Jersey, March 27, 1906: 

By this order evety pupil and teacher in the public and parochial schools, about 30,000 
persons in all, was to submit to vaccination. Many of the pupils ’ and teachers ’physicians 
refused to permit their patients to be vaccinated, and this resulted in the suspension of 
twenty teachers and several hundred pupils. To add to the discomfiture of the 
Educational Commission, many of those vaccinated have become seriously ill. Before 
the work is over physicians estimate that over 150 will be incapacitated. 12221 

Violent clashes sometimes resulted when a person refused to be vaccinated. In this tragic case, 
not only was a police officer killed but, ironically, the person to be “protected” by vaccination 
was hunted down and shot and, most likely, died. 

Macon, Georgia, December 23, 1904: 

Refusing to submit to vaccination at Sandersville, Boss Garrett shot and killed special 
officer Gideon Mathews to-day. Garrett escaped, but a strong posse of citizens 
immediately started in pursuit. The fleeing man was overtaken one mile north of town. He 
attempted further flight, and was shot through the thigh by Deputy Marshall Wilson, 
arrested and lodged in county jail. Garrett also suffered a serious wound in the right side, 
inflicted by special officer Matthews. It is thought he will not live. 12221 

The old penalties for refusing to be vaccinated are shocking. It’s not possible to know from a 


New York Times article whether this soldier objected to being vaccinated because of his belief in 
free choice, health concerns, or other reasons. It is clear that he paid an extremely heavy price of 
15 years in a military prison at Fort Leavenworth where he probably endured hard labor. With 
such a severe sentence, the state was obviously making an example of this unfortunate man. 

Camp Dodge, Iowa, May 1, 1918: 

Elmer N. Olson of Goodrich, Minn., a soldier in training here, refused to submit to 
vaccination. He was tried by general court-martial and sentenced to fifteen years in the 
disciplinary barracks at Fort Leavenworth P*®- 

Eugenics and vaccination 

Eugenicists believed that society could be improved through controlling the population’s genetic 
composition through the elimination of the “dysgenic,” or the undesirable elements. 

The development of medical and social services resulted in the preservation of hundreds 
of thousands of dysgenic individuals who in former centuries would have succumbed in 
the struggle of life. At the same time millions ofphysically best equipped young men are 
killed off periodically in wars. This amounts to a negative selection and must ultimately 
result in the deterioration of the race. Eugenics was a direct outcome of Darwinian 
theories. {2m 




Photo 8.1: Portion of a Eugenics Chart. (1910) 

It was believed by some that eugenics-based forced sterilization was similar to compulsory 


















vaccination in that it upheld a belief that societal “good” overrode any personal liberty or choice. 
In 1928 Dr. Suren H. Babington wrote in California and Western Medicine : 

The sterilization of the mentally diseased makes it possible to curtail their ever- 
increasing number. Considering both scientific and humanitarian points of view, 
sterilization is one of the most valuable means for not only improving the human race 
and protecting its welfare, but also decreasing the number of unfortunates to be born to 
suffer intensely all their lives for faults not their own . 12M 

If individuals who were considered “imbeciles” could reproduce, the government intervened 
using forced sterilization. The science of the time held that mental “defects” were undesirable 
and therefore the state had a duty to take any action to prevent propagation of those defective 
genes. Forced sterilization was justified because of the belief that the “human race” could 
actually be improved by way of deleting so-called defective genes. This was all wrapped with a 
cloak of supposed scientific legitimacy. 

The concept of preventing “unfit” individuals from having children originated in psychiatry. 

In 1886, August Ford, the Swiss psychiatrist, sterilized a woman who was suffering from 
a sexual neurosis. In 1892 he castrated individuals for purely eugenic reasons. 12111 

In 1922 Dr. Harold Gosline stated in the American Journal of Psychiatry that he believed 
eugenics would be key in eliminating mental disease and positively impact poverty, delinquency, 
and crime. 

I would reiterate that we may reasonably expect from routine laboratory work to be able 
to prevent mental disease and defect. Laboratories in state hospitals are the most tangible 
tools yet placed in the hands of mental hygiene for this purpose and in time they will 
render the same service that general hospital and research laboratories have rendered 
public health of which mental hygiene is but a branch. I believe that public health 
measures and eugenics measures will go far toward eradicating mental disease and 
defect, and their related branches ofpoverty, crime and delinquency... 12121 

Dr. Suren H. Babington considered from a psychiatric point of view that “mental defectives” 
were “insane.” He saw them as a threat to “race betterment” because, left unchecked, they would 
continue to have mentally defective children. 

We hope that the time will come when we shall sterilize also those mental defectives... 
From the point of view of the psychiatrist, they, too, are “insane, ” and are a menace to 
race betterment, because they go on propagating their own kind in large numbers. 12111 

In 1910 C. B. Davenport of the Carnegie Institution of Washington and director of Experimental 
Evolution published Eugenics: The Science of Human Improvement by Better Breeding. He 
stated: 


Two imbecile parents, whether related or not, have only imbecile offspring... Iam aware, 
no case on record where two imbecile parents have produced a normal child. So definite 
and certain is the result of the marriage of two imbeciles, and so disastrous is 


reproduction by an imbecile under any conditions that it is a disgrace of the first 
magnitude that thousands of children are annually born in this country of imbecile 
parents to replace and probably more than replace the deaths in the army of about 
150,000 mental defectives which this country supports. The country owes it to itself as a 
matter of self-preservation that every imbecile of reproductive age should be held in 
such restraint that reproduction is out of the question. If it proves to be impracticable 
then sterilization is necessary—where the life of the state is threatened extreme 
measures may and must be taken , l2Mi 

Eugenicists believed that eugenics was a lofty fonn of patriotism and a tool to improve the 
human race by genetically selecting out the “delinquents” and “defectives.” In 1922 Dr. Harry H. 
Laughlin, eugenics associate in the Psychopathic Laboratory of the Municipal Court of Chicago 
and eugenics director of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, wrote Eugenical Sterilization in 
the United States. He stated: 

Eugenics stands against the forces which work for racial deterioration, and for 
improvement and vigor, intelligence and moral fiber of the human race. It represents 
the highest form ofpatriotism and humanitarianism, while at the same time it offers 
immediate advantages to ourselves and to our children. By eugenic measures, for 
instance, our burden of taxes can be reduced by decreasing the number of degenerates, 
delinquents and defectives supported in public institutions; such measures will also 
increase safeguards against crimes committed against our persons or our property. {2 ^ L 



Photo 8.2: Feeble-Minded at Vineland Colony in New Jersey. “They have the bodies of adults but the minds 
of children. It is not to the interest of the state that they should be allowed to mingle with the normal 
population; and it is quite as little to their own interest, for they are not capable of competing with people 





who are normal mentally.” (1918) 


In a landmark 1926 case, Buck v. Bell, the Supreme Court of the United States, in an 8 to 1 
decision, legitimized Virginia’s sterilization laws. This ruling supported the argument that the 
interest of the states in a “pure” gene pool outweighed the interest of an individual. In his opinion 
on sterilization laws, Justice Oliver Wendell Homes Jr. invoked compulsory vaccination to 
justify the verdict. 

It is better for all the world if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime 
or let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit 
from continuing their kind. The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad 
enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes , {2M 

Eugenicists used compulsory vaccination as the precedent for their argument on 
sterilization to “protect” the public. They believed vaccination protected individuals and the 
public from disease and eugenical sterilization protected society from “racial degeneracy.” 

Compulsory Vaccination is analogous to compulsory eugenical sterilization to the extent 
that both are non-punitive and that both involve the seizure of the individual and 
subjecting him or her to surgical treatment... Vaccination protects the individual from a 
serious and loathsome disease in the more immediate future; eugenical sterilization 
protects society from racial degeneracy in the more remote future . i2222 

Tens of thousands of people believed by the US government to be unfit were sterilized, mostly in 
the state of California. 

The California Sterilization Law was adopted in 1909. The total number of operations 
performed to May, 1927, was somewhat in excess of five thousand, which is four times the 
number performed in all the rest of the world, as far as we know, for eugenical reasons in 
state governmental institution. 22221 

Before 1933 a number of countries had the legal power to prevent manifestly unfit 
individuals from procreating offspring, but sterilization was applied on a very small 
scale. In the United States by January 1, 1937, only 25,403 persons had been sterilized, 
most of them in California . imi 

Eugenicists promoted and pushed for laws to sterilize anyone they viewed as the genetic 
defectives in society. State governments established medical boards to decide who was to be 
sterilized. That board determined if a person was likely to have children who could inherit 
idiocy, insanity, or feeblemindedness or be predisposed to criminality. 12 ^ 

New Jersey passed a law in April 1911 which, like other laws, called for creation of a medical 
board to determine who should be sterilized. 

...herby created the “Board of Examiners of Feeble-minded (including idiots, imbeciles 
and morons), Epileptics and other Defectives, ” whose duty it shall be to examine into 
the mental and physical condition of the feeble-minded, epileptic, certain criminals and 
other defective inmates... 12211 


Harry Hamilton Laughlin was a major advocate of sterilization for eugenics reasons. He was 
secretary of a committee appointed by the Eugenics Section of the American Breeders’ 
Association. His assignment was “to Study and to Report on the Best Practical Means for Cutting 
Off the Defective Germ-Plasm in the American Population.” In 1932 he and other leading 
eugenicists attended the Third Inter-national Congress of Eugenics, which was held in New York 
City. The exhibits were intended to show that eugenics was a “pure and applied science.” Major 
Leonard Darwin, the son of Charles Darwin, also presented his views at the meeting. The New 
York Times reported on the event. 

Eugenists from all over the world will attend the Third International Congress of 
Eugenics today and tomorrow at the American Museum of Natural History. At general 
and sectional meetings they will discuss advances in the study for the physical and mental 
improvement of the human race... It [the exhibit] will seek to emphasize the fact that 
eugenics is concerned primarily with racial and family-stock, quality in the turn-over of 
population from generation to generation. “As a pure science, ” the announcement says, 
“eugenics tries to understand the forces which govern this turn-over, while as an 
applied science it strives to use these forces in the improvement of family-stocks and 
races. ,,{2m 

Absolute governmental power was taken to an even greater extreme with the rise of Nazi power 
in the early 1900s. It is estimated that, in the first years of the Nazi regime, approximately a 
quarter million people were forced to be sterilized to improve the “human race.” Sterilization 
was performed because of hereditary feeblemindedness, schizophrenia, manic-depressive 
psychosis, epilepsy, Huntington’s chorea, and hereditary deafness and blindness, as well as 
genetically transmitted bodily malformations. Who would be sterilized was determined by so- 
called Hereditary Health Courts. 

The Germans bestowed an honorary doctorate to Harry Laughlin in 1936 for his eugenics 
sterilization work. Although the Germans implemented sterilization on a larger scale, the idea of 
sterilization of unfit individuals had its roots in Scandinavian countries and the United States, 

whose ruling bodies used forced vaccination as a precedent. 

Unbeknownst to many today, Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, believed that 
personal reproductive choice was vital for “racial betterment.” 

Before Eugenists and others who are laboring for racial betterment can succeed, they 
must first clear the way for Birth Control... While I personally believe in the sterilization 
of the feebleminded, the insane and the svphilectic, I have not been able to discover that 
these measures are more than superficial deterrents when applied to the constantly 
growing stream of the unfit... Only upon a free, self-determining motherhood can rest 
any unshakable structure of racial betterment : l2M1 

Eugenics was applied to immigrants. From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million people entered 
the United States through the gateway of Ellis Island in New York Harbor. At first, the emphasis 
was on detecting infectious diseases such as typhoid and smallpox in immigrants, but over time 
the identification of what were considered mental defects grew in significance. 


...mental abnormality assumed growing importance, as eugenics came into fashion. In 
such selection processes, ethnic prejudices inevitably operated. Mediterranean types and 
eastern European Jews were widely regarded as inferior stock: “Steerage passengers 
from a Naples boat show a distressing frequency of low foreheads, open mouths, weak 
chins, poor features, skew faces, small or knobby crania, and backless heads, ” 
commented the distinguished sociologist, E. A. Ross, in IQH. 12 ^ 

Due to hardening racial prejudices, in 1924 the United States passed the Johnson Reed Act to 
introduce immigration quotas. Supporters of eugenics and the racial hygiene theory were strong 
supporters of the Act. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president of the United States, declared: 

America must be kept American. Biologic laws show... that Nordics deteriorate when 
mixed with other races. 

In 1922 Harry Olson, Chief Justice of the Municipal Court of Chicago, discussed his legal 
opinion on the constitutionality of eugenics sterilization. He was fully supportive of the model 
eugenics legislation that was proposed all over the United States. He believed that as long as 
hearings were held and the “due process of law” was being followed, the courts would uphold 
these laws as constitutional. His conviction in the “science” of eugenics was steadfast. 

If the science of eugenics has so far advanced, as seems to be the fact, that it can be 
determined that certain individuals are afflicted with physical, nervous, and mental 
disorders that are hereditary and will reappear in the next or later generation, and 
threaten the safety of society... then there can be no question but that legislation 
contemplated by the model act will be an effective protection to future generations... Not 
only must nations defend their future against racial degeneration from within, but they 
must limit immigration of defective stocks from all other lands... “The Rising Tide of 
Color, ” by Lothrop Stoddard, warns us of danger to the white race, but this book of yours 
[Harry Laughlin] warns human ity of the menace to all races—to the en tire human race — 
of racial degeneracy. 

Even though the Nazi approach was considered extreme, the premise of using government power 
to protect greater society from “imbeciles” and other genetic defects continued to be defended. 
Historian and author Henry E. Sigerist wrote in 1943: 

I think it would be a great mistake to indentify eugenic sterilization solely with the Nazi 
ideology and to dismiss the problem simply because we dislike the present German 
regime and its methods. The pioneering steps were, after all, taken by the United States 
and Switzerland, and the Scandinavian laws are just as stringent as the German. The 
problem is serious and acute, and we shall have to be forced to pay attention to it sooner 
or later. 

State governments implemented laws that endowed enormous power to a small group of medical 
“experts” who determined if a person was, in their opinion, genetically “fit.” 

The German Nazi regime took the idea of sterilization of the “dysgenic’ ,i2M] to an appalling 
conclusion. The horrific impact of the visual and mass media coverage of the Nazi Holocaust 
camps at the end of World War II finally dislodged eugenics as an accepted practice. 


In the United States, eugenics eventually lost scientific acceptance and public support. 
New scientific discoveries led to the rejection of eugenic research results. Moreover, 
events in Nazi Germany during the 1930s, and the close cooperation between American 
and German eugenicists, seriously damaged the standing of the American eugenics 

movement, and the revelation of Nazi crimes in the 1940s discredited eugenic theories. 

{26S1 

Severe state control faded from governments, but only after many had been terrorized for 
decades. After the atrocities of World War II came to light, eugenics and oppressive actions 
taken by the government for the “public good” lost popular support, and its history quickly 
vanished from the collective public memory. Compulsory vaccination unceremoniously ended in 
England in 1948 shortly after the end of World War II. 

The year 1948 will ever be memorable in the history of vaccination in this country as 
seeing the end of compulsory vaccination of infants, a measure which has been the 
subject of such acute and bitter controversy for so many years. Having regard to the 
great importance attached to universal vaccination of infants as our “first line of 
defense, ” and to the firm belief that only by compulsion could this be secured, it is rather 
surprising that the proposal to abolish compulsion did not arouse more opposition. In the 
event the opposition was almost negligible 'pM 

Conclusion 

The success of Leicester has to this day been ignored by the medical community and 
governments. They prefer to persist not only in their belief in vaccination but in the need to force 
people to be vaccinated regardless of the valid arguments over personal safety or liberty. 

Perhaps the most important reason to learn history is so that the worst things are never repeated. 
The ability to choose what is injected into our bodies is now being removed by states and 
workplaces. Loss of religious exemptions once seemed impossible, but the stridency of the pro¬ 
vaccine and their civic religion is effectively working to remove all but the most specific medical 
vaccine exemptions. 


What will come after that? 


9. The Case of Arthur Smith Jr. 


First Do No Harm. 

- Medical Dictum 

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. 

- Proverb 

Majorities are never a proof of the truth. 

- Dr. Walter R. Hadwen (1854-1932), 1896 

The year was 1914. Arthur Smith Jr. was a normal, healthy 11-year-old boy living in his home at 
8 John Street in New Windsor, New York, with his father, Arthur Smith; his mother, Hilda; and 
his two sisters, Annie and Jennie. Although not at the head of his class, he did well in school. 

At the opening of the fall school term, a letter was sent to every school in the state of New York. 
The letter, by Dr. Finnegan of the State Department of Education, called upon the board of 
education, including every school trustee, to enforce the compulsory vaccination law. The letter 
stated that if a child was not vaccinated, he or she could not attend school. If kept home for that 
reason, the parents would ultimately be arrested and sent to prison. 

Among the documents being sent out to schools throughout the State by Dr. John H. 

Finley as Commissioner of Education, is a notification to officers ofpublic, parochial, 
and private schools that no pupil shall be admitted for attendance unless he or she has 
been vaccinated, as required by law. Attorney General Carmody has rendered an 
opinion, in which he says: “Children in parochial schools should be vaccinated, as are 
children in the schools supported at public expense... The purpose of the statute being so 
plain, good citizens will not question its application, but in recognition of the declaration 
of a policy will accede thereto. ’’ 12212 

In the fall of 1914, the New Windsor School Board’s principal infonned the children that they 
would all be vaccinated. They were told that if they didn’t comply, they would be prohibited 
from attending school and their fathers would be arrested and fined. This coercive dilemma was 
faced by Arthur Smith’s family. 

From continually telling the children to notify their parents they could not attend school 
if not vaccinated, they so intimidated the mother and I, that thinking we could not 
successfully fight the order, at last we consented to have our children vaccinated by a 
physician of our own choice. 12121 


Photo 9.1: Arthur Smith, Jr. August 1915 (approximately 1 year after vaccination) 


At that point, the Smiths had all three of their children vaccinated. Two of them, Annie and 
Jennie, suffered some discomfort and recovered. However, a short time after being vaccinated, 
Arthur began to experience serious complications. Within a week, his hands, arms, feet, and legs 
had swollen to twice their normal size. Blisters covered his entire body, and when they broke 
yellow pus was discharged and turned into sores. Six months later, his parents feared he was 
dying. 




Now he is dying. His body is a mass of running sores. He cannot wear any clothing. His 
hair is falling out. He is suffering untold torments. Instead of attending school or playing 
with children of his own age he has to sit by the stove in the house, swathed in ointment- 
soaked bandages and suffer untold agony. All because he was vaccinated! 

The sad truth was that the school trustees, including the school principal, were actually opposed 
to the compulsory vaccination law. They refused to do more than have Dr. Finnegan’s letter read 
to the children. Numerous boards of education and school trustees throughout the state of New 
York actually ignored the state demand for enforcement of the compulsory vaccination law. In 
New Windsor, nothing more was done except to read the letter. 

Many people in the town were angry about what happened to the Smith boy. One man said that 
the suffering the child endured was “worse torture than the torments of the damned.”-^ 41 Another 
man, a prominent educator who lived in New Windsor, said 

If the Smith boy dies, he will be a victim of the State law. I am willing to put it stronger. 

He will have been murdered by Dr. Finnegan merely to please a lot of medical fanatics. 

{2751 

After Arthur began to show negative effects of the vaccine, he remained under the continual care 
of a physician. The original vaccinating doctor treated Arthur without success. Another doctor 
was called. For five months, he treated him with ointments and internal medicines, all of which 
failed to check the u nkn own disease. 

In May of 1915, Arthur’s father took him to Albany, New York, to see Dr. Curtis, a blood 
specialist. After examination, he determined that Arthur was suffering from a case of pemphigus 
and noted that he had only seen one other case in a 50-year-old man who died of the condition. 
Coincidentally, and u nkn own to the Smith family, it had recently been determined through a 
1915 investigation that vaccines were contaminated with foot-and-mouth disease. Finally, after 
three years, in December of 1918, Arthur recovered almost completely. 

I wish to say that my boy at the present time is in fairly good health, and there are no 
eruptions on his body and with each succeeding year the effect seems to be gradually 
dying away. The summer of 1917 he broke out in eruption quite bad, especially his legs, 
being most severe on the thighs, and also in the summer of 1918, but not near so bad as 
in the preceding summer. He is free of any eruption at the present time, but the upper part 
of his body and especially his arms are covered with a large amount of brown spots on 
the skin where the eruptions have completely died away, but I think that with each 
succeeding year, as he grows stronger, the effects will entirely disappear, with the 
exception of the brown spots on the skin, which I suppose will always remain and for 
which there can be no remedy. 

Arthur Smith survived his long ordeal, although it was impossible to tell if the spots he had on 
his skin at the age of 14 ever cleared. We also don’t know what residual health problems he may 
have been left with prior to his death in 1983. 

Mr. Smith was not the only child who suffered as a result of Dr. Finnegan’s compulsory 
vaccination order. The daughter of Michael Rossin of New Windsor was vaccinated in the New 


Windsor School in October of 1914. 


A week later, her body broke out in sores, blisters, and boils. She suffered for two months 
before the eruptions ceased to appear on her body. As a result of the vaccination her 
mentality has suffered and, although she is back in school today, her health and brains 
have been so seriously affected that she is unable to keep up with those of her own age in 
her school work . i2m 

Mary McCurry was also vaccinated at the New Windsor School in October of 1914. 

Within a week she developed a nervous disorder which soon showed all the symptoms of 
the disease known as St. Vitus ’ dance [a disorder affecting children and characterized by 
jerky, uncontrollable movements]. Her condition became such that within three weeks 
from the time she was vaccinated, she had to be taken from school. She has not returned 
since. The vaccination scar is an ugly black mark on her body. Prior to being vaccinated, 
Mary had never received a medical treatment. Her nervous system showed no signs of a 
breakdown and she was unusually bright. She weighed the day she was vaccinated 94 
pounds. Now the child is little more than a nervous wreck, she weighs less than 70 
pounds and she has no control over her muscles which twitch and turn 

Years earlier, Mary’s brother Thomas McCurry also suffered a severe reaction to vaccination. He 
was seven years old when he was vaccinated at the Washington Street School in Newburgh. 
Shortly after being vaccinated, sores began to appear all over his body. He was taken out of 
school and did not return. 

Careful treatment and assiduous nursing succeeded in overcoming the breaking out. Then 
the boy began to complain of dizzy spells and while under medical care for these, he 
developed blindness. He was totally blind for more than a year. Hardly had he recovered 
his sight than he was stricken with paralysis and the spine began to twist. He became 
helpless. Two years ago he lost the power of speech and now all he can do is utter 
gutturals which are unintelligible. His eyes are all that remain alive now and the way he 
talks with his eyes is too pitiable and heartrending to be described... Mr. and Mrs. 
McCurry candidly place the blame for the suffering of Mary and Thomas on vaccination. 
They say their other children never will be allowed to run chances of suffering the way 
these two have. i2m 

Despite the suffering of these and an u nkn own number of other children and adults, officials 
maintained their steadfast support of compulsory vaccination. These reports, which were in 
contrast to the official belief that vaccination was a harmless procedure, faded from societal 
memory. What remained was the myth and illusion of vaccination safety, necessity, and 
effectiveness. 


10. The Health Revolution 


Sloven liness is no part of religion . Clean liness is indeed next to Godliness. 

-John Wesley (1703-1791) 

May we be and beseech your proteckshion and power. We are Sur, as it may be, livin in 
Wilderness, so far as the rest of London knows anything of us, or as the rich and great 
people care about. We live in muck and filth. We aint got no priviz, no dust bins, no drains, 
no water-splies, and no drain or suer in the hole place. The Suer Company, in Greek St. 

Soho Square, all great rich powerfool men take no notice watsomdever of our complaints. 

The Stenche of Gulley-hole is disgustin. We all of us suffer, and the number are ill, and if the 

Cholera comes Lord help us. 

- A letter in The Times, 1849 

It is not strange that health improves when the population gives up using diluted sewage as 

the principle beverage. 

- Dr. Thurman Rice, 1932 

By the mid-1800s, slums had become commonplace settlements in the Western world. New 
York City had 100,000 slum dwellers living in 20,000 tenement buildings. They were a crowded 
and vile predicament. Throughout these unsanitary slums, death was ever present. Cholera, 
typhoid, scarlet fever, smallpox, typhus, and other infectious diseases were never idle. 

But during this time, the seeds of change were sowed and slowly took root. It was the beginning 
of the Sanitation Revolution. A new understanding that filth contributed to human illness had 
come to light. It was also kn own that poverty was often a result of such illness and not just the 
cause. Based on this awareness, projects for the supply of clean water and removal of human and 
other waste gradually began to be implemented. 

Twenty per cent of pauperism was due to fever, and the blame fell on overcrowding, 
negligent waste disposal, dirty water and bad diet. Poverty could not be abolished, but 
poverty due to preventable disease could be: The primary and most important measures, 
and at the same time the most practicable, and within the recognized province of 
administration, are drainage, the removal of all refuse from habitations, streets and 
roads, and the improvement of the supplies of water. {2m 

To address public health concerns, local government began set-ting standards for the protection 
of human health. Social reformers, activists, doctors, and others pushed for changes to improve 
the general well-being of the population. Governments began to focus on removal of waste, 
supplying the population with clean water, and a whole host of other issues dealing with health. 


...to relieve the suffering of the laboring classes in England, an improbable coalition of 
social activists, prison reformers, physicians, clergy, and scientists started advocating 
sanitary reform in the early 1800s. They maintained that both illness and poverty resulted 
from “insanitary’ ” conditions and practices that could be remedied. This “sanitary 
movement” was instrumental in getting legislation passed in Great Britain during the 
1850s and 1860s to create public health authorities with the power to regulate sewage 
collection, water supply, environmental nuisances, and a remarkable list of other 
relevant matters, such as physician licensing and child labor abuses . l2M1 

Throughout most of the world during the 1800s, there was a relentless threat from cholera, which 
resulted in millions of deaths. The fonner notion that there was a spontaneous generation of 
disease arising from mysterious gases called miasma was changing toward a biological 
understanding of the microbial aspect of these diseases. 

In 1854 English physician John Snow determined that the source of the cholera epidemic in 
London was contaminated water supplied by a street pump. Snow noticed that all the people who 
were being affected by cholera drew water from that particular pump. He used scientific 
evidence to convince the city council to ban the polluted water supply. The city ordered the 
pump closed, and the epidemic subsided, demonstrating that the source of the disease was 
something in the water. 12221 

Through citizen initiatives, governments added on the responsibility of maintaining public 
health. These efforts transformed cities from human and animal waste cesspools into clean and 
hygienic places where people could thrive. The modern city was taking shape bit by bit. 

Following the last cholera epidemic in Stockholm in 1853, which left 3000 dead, public 
opinion for improved sanitation resulted in the establishment of a new sanitation office, 
which was charged with managing excreta disposal efficiently and cleaning streets and 
yards belonging to the city... Through changes made in the 30years leading up to the 
early 1890s, excreta disposal in Stockholm was developed from an almost medieval 
system to a hygienic standard acceptable for the 20th century. 

In 1898 Dr. T. W. Huntington commented on the improvements in saving lives through the use 
of sanitary science. 

Looking over the time since we have anything like histoty, we find that the great loss of 
life has been through epidemics. Deaths from wounds, accident, etc. have been 
insignificant when compared with the enormous loss of life which have occurred through 
epidemics. I recently had occasion to call attention to the epidemic of cholera at 
Hamburg. There were about 18,000 cases, of which more than one half died. At Altoona, 
which derived its water supply from the same source, the Elbe, but filtered it before use, 
there were comparatively few cases. ' i2M1 

A new public health movement began in England, where great efforts were made to improve 
sanitary conditions. Construction of the London sewage system began in 1859. Work carried on 
for six years until the system was completed in 1865. Various acts of Parliament, such as the 
Sewage Utilization Act in 1865 and the Sanitary Act in 1866, gave the government authority to 


maintain the sewage system, regulate the water supply, and make overcrowding of residences 
illegal. England set an example that was quickly followed by other countries. However, these 
positive changes were often met with resistance by those who were profiting from the slums. 

Great blocks of slums are owned by men who resisted all sanitary improvements by 
securing from the Tammany-ridden city health department appointments as “health 
officers” in a system of sanitary police provided for in 1860. In protest “citizen’s 
committee ” appealed to the state authorities at Albany and secured an investigation that 
led to some relief. It is not surprising that New York had the highest death rate of all 
American cities 

Into the later 1800s, larger sanitary infrastructures were put in place. These projects transformed 
the landscape of London from a city of filth to one where basic sewage and clean water were part 
of city life. 

Metropolitan Board of Works empowered its chief engineer, Joseph Bazalgette, to create 
an ambitious scheme for main drainage, which was completed in 1875. London’s water 
was increasingly drawn from the higher reaches of the Thames and from the Lea Valley, 
and filter beds were developed. The new sanitary infrastructure was a triumph of civil 
engineering. 

By the early 1900s, the infectious nature of the water supply was also addressed through the use 
of chlorination, which virtually eliminated waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and 
dysentery. 

To solve the problems of pure water and sewage disposal, which were always acute in 
overgrown cities, bacteriology and chemistiy continued to lend aid. An important 
advance was achieved with the chlorination of water, first introduced in America in 1908 
and rapidly adopted after 1913. This method proved superior to water filtration as a 
protection against water-borne diseases . l2m 

Over time this safer water was piped directly to homes and businesses. The innovation of the 
water closet—a term used to describe a room with a toilet—allowed for proper disposal of 
human waste. Thus, excrement no longer had to be disposed of into the streets where it would 
eventually end up in the population’s drinking water. 

In the 1850s, wastewater was discharged into open ditches, some covered with planks or 
stones... In 1895, there were only 40premises with water closets. By 1904, this number 
had increased to 1506, and in 1909 the city decided to grant permission to connect water 
closets to the municipal sewerage system. In 1909, a second sewerage plan was launched, 
and a first water waste treatment plant was constructed . i2M1 

As tw’enty-five years have passed away since medical officers of health were appointed to 
the metropolitan districts, it may be useful to take a cursory glance at the progress made. 
The works carried out by the Metropolitan Board of Works... those who were familiar 
with London thirty years ago that ought to be a much healthy place of residence now than 
it was then, even although its bounds have been very greatly extended, and the population 
increased. Not only have numerous uninhabitable dwellings been removed, and in many 


cases replaced by better built habitation, which are less overcrowded, but many of the 
streets have been widened, and new streets made through densely crowded poor 
neighborhoods. A very large number of cesspools have been emptied and filled up, and 
replaced by water-closets connected with the sewers; the yards behind the houses of the 
poor have beenin most instances properly drained; the houses themselves frequently 
white-washed; and other sanitary works performed . i2m 

The push for changes in human hygiene had to overcome the societal thinking of the day. The 
general belief was that bathing was not necessary for either health or appearance, and body odor 
was acceptable. Those who advocated hygiene needed to instill new standards into the 
population. 

Cleanliness became the chiefpostulate of the hygienic movement of the 19 th and 20 th 
centuries. It had to overcome many obstacles, notably the resistance of people who 
claimed that the frequent use of soap was harmful to the skin... 12221 

These fundamental changes in hygiene were well under way before the genn theory of disease 
was generally accepted. Even by the early 1900s, many in the medical profession, health officers, 
and the public still believed that filth emanated poisonous gases that caused disease. 12211 This 
theory would eventually be dismissed. 

One of the most important aspects ofpublic health work in a modern city is the assurance 
of general sanitary conditions, particularly with respect to water supply arid the disposal 
of wastes. The growth of the public health movement in the nineteenth century was 
largely a matter of spreading the gospel of cleanliness and prophylaxis. Long before the 
germ theory was enunciated, sanitarians and health workers sought to convince 
communities of the preventive value of general cleanliness. 12221 

The 1880s had been “the dark, desperate, impossible decade, ” with widespread 
malnutrition among the working class. In the 1890s, people had better opportunities for- 
improved nutrition—not only because there was more money for food, but also because 
women could stay home to cook... From the 1890s, the principles for governing the city 
changed from being purely economic to including concern for the health of the 
population. A “sanitary police ” department was instituted as part of the new emphasis on 
improvements in environmental hygiene. This authority was charged with inspecting food 
and milk and checking adherence to a local ordinance mandating the cleanliness and 
tidiness of outdoor premises. 12221 

There was also a call for improvements in the dreadful housing conditions. Owners were forced 
to make alterations to unlivable tenements. The worst of housing, particularly vermin-infested 
cellars, were closed. In 1866 New York City created an efficient municipal board of health to 
tackle these issues. 

Within four years it had closed virtually all the cellars and basements used for foul 
lodgings. It had completed a survey of the tenements arid ordered the owners to effect 
alterations making them decently habitable. 12221 


Governments instituted city planning to remove various polluting businesses away from where 
people lived. Slaughterhouses, meat- packing plants, glue factories, tanneries, and other 
manufacturers were targeted. These offending and polluting industries were slowly pushed 
outside the city limits to improve public health. 

The board of 1868forced the removal of all downtown slaughterhouses, of which there 
had been twenty-three in a single half-ward, to points above Fortieth Street. At the same 
time the first collecting sewer to free the pier slips from the accumulation of waste was 
built, and others rapidly followed 

... local medical officers of health, whose duties were to regulate “offensive trades” 
(slaughtering, tanning, dyeing, etc.) remove “nuisances, ” regulate houses unfit for 
human habitation, provide burial grounds, and deal with water supplies, sewers, waste 
disposal, and other environmental hazards. 

In Chicago the meatpacking industry resisted public health policies. Throughout its history, the 
industry dumped animal carcasses and chemicals into the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. 
Oscar Coleman DeWolf, a commissioner of health in 1880s Chicago, worked to clean up the 
meatpacking industry by instituting workplace inspections and attempting to move the 
slaughterhouses to the outskirts of the city. 

Workshop and factory inspection was undertaken for the first time during his [De Wolf/ 
tenure in office; attempts were made to demonstrate the link between mortality rates and 
unhealthful working and living conditions. Flis biggest battle was with the packing houses 
which sought to thwart necessary sanitary regulations by every means at their disposal, 
fair and foul. The menace to health from the offal dumped in river in lake, quite apart 
from the working conditions within the plant, was a serious health problem 

In addition to understanding that sources of disease were due to improper handling of waste and 
contaminated water, it was now being recognized that food contamination was a major problem. 
Milk in particular was a major cause of illness and death. In 1898 Dr. W. E. Bates commented on 
the milk supply. 

I agree with Dr. Simmons in the idea that next to the water supply, the milk supply is the 
main source of [typhoid] infection... one hundred and fifty cases in six weeks, and they 
traced every one of them to the one source—the milk supply. It was found that the cows 
drank of very filthy water, which was loaded with typhoid germs. Whether the milk was 
infected by the cows drinking it, or whether the milkman diluted it with the water is in 
question 

Interventions included higher standards of cleanliness, improved handling of human waste, 
increased food inspection and handling, better child feeding practices, and health education 
emphasizing hygienic practices. These changes were all put into place throughout the Western 
world at approximately the same time. 

Physicians, lawyers, scientists, and engineers, with representatives of charitable organizations, 
formed an influential body that pressed local policymakers to make improvements conducive to 
health. They emphasized breastfeeding and the distribution of controlled milk to infants and 


children when breastfeeding was not possible. 12221 

Mothers breastfed almost exclusively until the mid-1800s when poor-quality formulas and 
powdered milk became available. Breastfeeding became less and less popular into the 1900s and 
hit an all-time low in the 1940s, with only about 25 percent of infants initially breastfed and then 
weaned rapidly. This contributed to the disease and general ill health of infants of the time. 
George Newman, the medical officer of health for Finsbury, England, promoted the idea that 
breastfeeding and pasteurization of milk would reduce the high infant mortality rate. 

Newman pointed out that breastfed infants suffered less from summer diarrhea than 
infants who were fed artificial formula or cow’s milk. He considered the high infant 
mortality rate to be mainly a problem of motherhood, and he emphasized proper training 
of mothers and promotion of breastfeeding. Pasteurization of milk and milk stations were 
other measures that he proposed to reduce infant mortality rates . im} - 

Pasteurization of milk became standard. Toxins such as formaldehyde were discovered and 
eliminated. Through inspections, this dietary staple changed from a dangerous and frequently 
deadly drink to one that people could trust to be safe. 

...milk pasteurization program which became the basis of Chicago’s compulsory 
pasteurization ordinance in 1909, the first such law in the United States. Milk inspection 
had begun in 1877, but the search for disease germs was not inaugurated until 1893. The 
presence offormaldehyde poison to prevent souring was first detected in 1900 and soon 
eliminated.^ 1 ! 

The one practicable method of destroying bacteria present in milk is that known as 
pasteurization, which, when properly performed, consists in heating milk to a 
temperature of approximately 60° C. (140° F.) for some twenty to thirty minutes. This is 
sufficient to destroy the germs of tuberculosis, typhoid fever and diphtheria, and many 
organisms ...^H 

In 1907 Dr. Charles Page noted that it was not necessary to use injections of disease matter to 
battle diphtheria. Sanitation, hygiene, and changing the standard of living would be used to 
defeat this and other diseases. 

It is not by adding disease to disease that the evil of diphtheria will be combated, but it is 
by the removal of the dark, damp, ill-ventilated slums which infest our towns and cities; 
by letting light and air into the over-crowded and unsanitary dwellings of the poor, and 
by the inculcation of lessons of cleanliness and hygiene among the people.mm 

By the 1900s, more people had realized that the key to the defeat of human-bred infectious 
diseases like cholera and typhoid was healthier living. Also, the death and morbidity of diseases 
when they did occur was not so high when the human constitution was supported. 
Superintendent of schools F. M. Buckley of Ansonia, Connecticut, proclaimed in 1911 that 
living a healthy lifestyle eliminated the fear of infectious diseases. 

Accordingly, the present generation is beginning to learn and will realize more 
thoroughly as time wears on that the fatalistic idea with regard to contagious and 


infectious disease is absolutely erroneous and that many so-called unavoidable diseases 
are positively preventable. It is not true each individual must run the gamut of measles, 
scarlet fever, whooping cough, diph theria, tuberculosis and the like if proper 
precautionary measures be taken at the outset. Sunshine, fresh air, wholesome nutrition, 
exercise, rest and the hygienic mode of living are far more effectual than all the 
subsequent medication in existence . lIM1 

Dr. James Gordon Gumming stated in his 1922 article in the Journal of the American Medical 
Association that sanitation would eliminate the threat of diphtheria. The use of immunizations, 
serums, laboratory tests, and quarantines were not what was vital. What was needed was shifting 
the population to acquire an intuitive knowledge of hygiene, sanitation, and basic immune 
support. 

The eradication of diphtheria will not come through the serum treatment ofpatients, by 
the immunization of the well, or through the accurate clinical and laboratory diagnosis 
of the case and the carrier followed by quarantine; rather it will be attained through the 
mass sanitaiy protection of the populace subconsciously practiced by the people at all 
times. 

Sanitation and hygiene were not the only elements of society undergoing radical changes. The 
brutal working conditions also began to improve. 

Thousands of women worked long hours earning deplorable wages in shops and factories. With 
no labor laws or trade unions, they were paid very little and struggled each day to survive. 

In New York City alone there were seventy-five thousand women workers who lived on 
the ragged edge of misery. In the first year ofpeace [after the Civil War], with prices 
rising to an unprecedented height, fifteen thousand or more of them, employed in shops 
and factories, earned only from two dollars and fifty cents to four dollars a week. Yet they 
were far more fortunate than the wretched stratum of women employed as pieceworkers 
on cheap garments. 

Susan B. Anthony became the head of the Workingwomen’s Protective Association. Women’s 
labor organizations fought to make improvements for those caught in a life of virtual slavery in 
sweat shops. The labor movement was bom out of the desperation of the working masses. 

Industries such as dressmaking comprised what was known as the “sweated industries.” Those 
who sewed in the workshops of London endured harsh working conditions. For several months a 
year, workers were expected to work 18 to 20 hours a day. Because of the seasonal nature of the 
work, women often turned to prostitution to survive. Activist groups, unions, and the press 
slowly forced changes in these working conditions. 

The Anti-Sweating League, backed by the trade unions, was formed in 1906 and helped to 
force action by the Liberal governmen t. A House of Commons Select Committee on 
“sweating” defined such work in 1888-90 as “work carried on for inadequate wages 
and for excessive hours in insanitary conditions, ” and it was mostly done by women. 

The work was done in unregulated workrooms as well as in homes. Winston Churchill 
introduced the Trades Boards Act in 1909 to deal with some of the worst areas. Trades 


Boards were set up, empowered to regulate pay and conditions in four of the most 
notorious trades, including tailoring . {mi 

During the 1880s, many women had to work to provide for their families. By the 1930s, there 
had been a shift, and they only worked to provide for extras rather than for survival. 

Over the years, a number of laws were passed in England that slowly decreased the severe 
working conditions for children. In 1802 the English Health and Morals Apprentices Act limited 
the laboring of children in cotton mills to 12 hours. The Act in 1833 banned the work of children 
under 12 years old for more than 8 hours and children from 13 to 18 years old to no more than 12 
hours. In 1842 women and children under 10 years of age were prohibited from working 
underground in mines. By 1874 children younger than 10 years of age were no longer allowed to 
work in factories. 

In 1852 Massachusetts passed laws that required students to attend school. Within the next 50 
years, all states had laws on their books to at least get America’s children through the elementary 
school years. However, the quality of these schools improved slowly. 

The life conditions of thousands ofpoor children in tenement houses are hard enough. It 
is the duty of the city to see to it that their bad environment is not continued in the 
schools... Dr. William T. Armstrong followed, and said to the physicians of New York it 
made little difference who was responsible for the evils of schools. It was their duty to 
demonstrate those evils scientifically and uncontradictably until public sentiment 
demanded a remedy. 

Although many improvements had been made by the end of the 1800s, there was still much 
improvement to be had. 

But the general sanitaiy conditions of the city in the 1890’s was still poor by modern 
standards. In the suburbs and out-lying districts, unsanitary pumps and wells were still in 
sendee; the city’s milk supply was at best adulterated, at worst contaminated; many 
streets were still unpaved; refuse and garbage were still dumped into alleys in many 
sections, and rarely was a garbage found to be covered. The city’s water supply, 
moreover, was frequently impure. The new drainage canal was not opened until 1900; 
citizens were still pouring sewage into Lake Michigan in the 1890’s and then drinking 
the lake water . imi 

These transfonnations occurred over many decades. Changes came about slowly and in many 
different forms. Under the leadership of Chicago’s department of health, regulations were 
instituted to improve food handling. Basement bakeries that were once common were ordered to 
be closed. Baby welfare campaigns were started in the early 1900s, with doctors visiting to 
instruct mothers in the proper care of their infants. Weekly bulletins were issued to the public, 
providing valuable information on health. 

Changing public opinion, the labours of medical officers of health, the creation offiltered 
water supplies and sewage systems, slum clearance, the work of activists promoting the 
gospel of cleanliness, and myriad other often minor changes—for example the provision 
of dustbins with lids, to repel flies—combined to create an improving urban environment. 


In the United States, the big transformation in personal hygiene started after cities 
instituted “water works, ” which piped filtered water directly into the home from a central 
distribution system. By 1890, 1.4% of the urban population was so sewed by water 
works; by 1910, this number had increased to more than 25%. As water became 
available, sinks, bathtubs, showers, and indoor toilets were installed. The sale of soap 
and washing machines increased in a parallel fashion. The personal hygiene 
transformation was on the way, fueled by aesthetics, social pressures, commercial 
advertising, and even theologic incentives (“Cleanliness is next to Godliness 

A wide variety of technological innovations arrived on the scene. These changes combined to 
create a vastly improved situation for health. Electricity, refrigeration, transportation, the flush 
toilet, and other scientific advancements all propelled Western societies to improved vigor and 
health. 


Technology has had an enormous impact upon health. Innovations such as field 
drainage tiles, the flush toilet, water purification, and pasteurization have undoubtedly 
saved more lives than antibiotics. Automobiles, while creating a variety of new dangers, 
have certainly reduced the hazard of widespread animal waste in the streets. Increasingly 
effective means of sterilizing baby bottles have decreased infant mortality from diarrheal 
diseases .@^1 


Medicine in general, and vaccines even more so, contributed very little to this phenomenal 
transformation. Regardless, the medical paradigm became the dominant belief, generally 
displacing all other vastly important human innovations. 

...compared to medical therapeutics, public health and hygiene have tended to assume 
the position of the poor relation or ugly sister. Transplant surgeries make headlines, 
while health education can barely find space in school curricula 


11. The Amazing Decline 


By the time laboratory medicine came effectively into the picture the job had been carried 
far toward completion by the humanitarians and social reformers of the nineteenth 
century... When the tide is receding from the beach it is easy to have the illusion that one 
can empty the ocean by removing the water with a pail. 

- Rene Dubos (1901-1982), Mirage of Health, 1959 

There was a continuous decline, equal in each sex, from 1937 onward. Vaccination [for 
whooping cough], beginning on a small scale in some places around 1948 and on a national 
scale in 1957, did not affect the rate of decline if it be assumed that one attack usually 
confers immunity, as in most major communicable diseases of childhood... With this pattern 
well established before 1957, there is no evidence that vaccination played a major role in 
the decline in incidence and mortality in the trend of events. 

- Gordon T. Stewart, 1977 

With so many changes occurring due to massive public health initiatives, the dreadful living 
situation that existed for multitudes dramatically improved by the mid-1800s. Sanitary 
infrastructure, understanding of hygiene, vastly improved nutrition, labor laws, advances in 
science, and many other factors coalesced to create a radical shift. Children who were once dying 
from diarrhea and common infectious diseases were living and thriving in greater numbers 
within the span of several decades. 

The Western world had transitioned from squalor and suffering to what we recognize as our 
modem world. 11141 

The big killer fades away 

At the end of the 1800s, smallpox changed its character. After the summer of 1897, the severe 
type of smallpox with its high death rate, with rare exception, had entirely disappeared from the 
United States. 



Photo 11.1: Extremely mild case of smallpox, bearing some resemblance to chickenpox. (1901) 


Smallpox turned from a disease that killed 1 in 5 of its victims to one that only killed anywhere 
from 1 in 50 and later to as low as 1 in 380. This disease could still kill, but having become so 
much milder, it was mistaken for various other pox infections or skin eruptions. 


During 1896 a very mild type of smallpox began to prevail in the South and later 
gradually spread over the country. The mortality was very low and it [smallpox] was 
usually at first mistaken for chicken pox or some new disease called “Cuban itch, ” 
“elephant itch, ” “Spanish measles, ” “Japanese measles, ” “bumps, ” “impetigo, ” “Porto 
Rico scratches, ” “Manila scab, ” “Porto Rico itch, ” “army itch, ” “African itch, ” “cedar 
itch, ” “Manila itch, ” “Bean itch, ” “Dhobie itch, ” “Filipino itch, ” “nigger itch, ” 

“Kangaroo itch, ” “Hungarian itch, ” “Italian itch, ” “bold hives, ” “eruptive grip, ” 
“beanpox, ” “waterpox, ” or “swinepox. 


By the early 1900s, there were those who recognized that sanitation had done what vaccination 
had failed to do—conquer smallpox. Smallpox vaccination was on the decline, and yet smallpox, 
like other diseases, was disappearing as a major threat. In 1914 Dr. C. Killick Millard wrote in 
The Vaccination Question : 


For forty years, corresponding roughly with the advent of the “sanitary era, ” smallpox 
has gradually but steadily been leaving this country (England). For the past ten years the 
disease has ceased to have any appreciable effect upon our mortality statistics. For most 
of that period it has been entirely absent except for a few isolated outbreaks here and 
there. It is reasonable to believe that with the perfecting and more general adoption of 
modern methods of control and with improved sanitation (using the term in the widest 
sense) smallpox will be completely banished from this country as has been the case 
with plague, cholera, and typhus fever. Accompanying this decline in smallpox there has 
been a notable diminution during the past decade in the amount of infantile vaccination. 
This falling off in vaccination is steadily increasing and is becoming very widespread. 







Photo 11.2: Impetigo contagion in an adult. (1901) 


The author of a 1913 article in the Journal of Infectious Diseases presented a table showing that, 
in 1895 and 1896, the smallpox death rate was where it had been historically recorded for 
decades, around 20 percent. The table also showed that after 1896, the death rate fell off rapidly, 
down to 6 percent in 1897 to as low as 0.26 percent by 1908. 

On the whole the disease seems to have shown a tendency to diminish, somewhat in 
severity. This tendency is not marked and the somewhat lower case fatality noted in later 
years may be due to the better recognition of cases, now that the type has become more 
widely known. At first fatalities of 1 to 2 per cent and even more were commonly 
reported, while later fatalities have often been much less. Thus in North Carolina in 
1910 there were 3,875 cases with 8 deaths, a fatality of 0.2 per cent, and in 1911 there 
were 3,294 cases in that state without a single death . am 

Something changed to make smallpox a much less lethal and morbid disease with no secondary 
fever and little, if any, discomfort. The eruptions, as in classic smallpox, were often a dozen or 
fewer. The redness usually disappeared in three or four weeks and left no pennanent marks. 



In the absence of an epidemic, a case of mild smallpox was likely to be overlooked or mistaken 
for chicken pox. 

...chickenpox, is a minor communicable disease of childhood, and is chiefly important 
because it frequently gives rise to difficulty in diagnosis in cases of mild smallpox. 

Smallpox and chickenpox are sometimes very difficult to differentiate clinically . m21 

By the 1920s, it was recognized that the new form of smallpox produced little in the way of 
symptoms, even though few people had been vaccinated. 

Individual cases, or even epidemics, occur in which, although there has been no 
protection by vaccination, the course of the disease is extremely mild. The lesions are 

few in number or entirely absent, and the constitutional symptoms mild or insignificant. 

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Photo 11.3: Well marked eruption of chickenpox, showing lesions in varying stages of development. (1901) 


As the classic and deadly variety of smallpox declined, so did the rate of vaccination. This, in 
turn, sounded alarms in the medical community. The fear was that the milder type of smallpox 
could at some point revert back to its original and more deadly form. 



We must prepare for a pandemic of smallpox!... It has been two decades since epidemics 
of any proportions swept over the country and while the war [World War I] resulted in 
the vaccination of large numbers of young adults the very young are almost 
unvaccinated, while those of middle life and older have not been revaccinated for many 
years 

By the 1920s and into the 1930s, mild smallpox had almost completely replaced the severe form 
in the United States. There were exceptions, however, with outbreaks in seaports and near the 
Mexican border. Once the mild type of smallpox became prevalent, there was no evidence that it 
ever reverted to the older, more virulent, type. 

Although mild cases of smallpox were known before, they have come practically to 
replace the severe forms in many extensive areas, such as the whole United States, Brazil, 
large parts of Africa. 1122 * 

The mild form of smallpox commonly designated by its Portuguese name, alastrim, has 
prevailed over vast regions of the United States for over 30 years. It is estimated that the 
germ of this disease must have been transmitted from one human being to another more 
than 800 times and yet it is bred true. Throughout all these “generations ” the organism 
maintains its early characteristics... Most American health officers and epidemiologists 
who have experience with the two types of smallpox do not believe that as yet there has 
been any reversion of the mild strain to the old classic strain. 12221 

The warning in 1921 of an impending smallpox epidemic never materialized despite declining 
vaccination rates. Had the environment in which smallpox and other infectious diseases existed 
changed? 

By the time the following report was written in 1946, smallpox had all but vanished from 
England and the Western world. 

What has been the cause of the rise and fall of smallpox? Its decline in the later decades 
of the nineteenth century was at one time almost universally attributed to vaccination, but 
it is doubtful how true this is. Vaccination was never carried out with any degree of 
completeness, even among infants, and was maintained at a high level for a few decades 
only. There was therefore always a large proportion of the population unaffected by the 
vaccination laws. Revaccination affected only a fraction. At the present the population is 
largely entirely unvaccinated. Members of the public health service now flatter 
themselves that the cessation of such outbreaks as do occur is due to their efforts. But is 
this so? The history of the rise, the change in age incidence, and the decline of smallpox 
rather lead to the conclusion that we may here have to do with a natural cycle of disease 
like plague, and that smallpox is no longer a natural disease for this country. 12221 

Vaccination rates declined from the late 1800s and remained low up until the time compulsory 
vaccination ended in England in 1948. 

Vaccination rates... fell to 50percent in 1914 and 18percent in 1948 , 12221 

The practice of vaccination continued from the time of the last smallpox death in the United 


States in 1948 until 1963. This resulted in an estimated 5,000 unnecessary vaccine-related 
hospitalizations from generalized rash, secondary infections, and encephalitis. 

It was not only smallpox that became less of a threat. Beginning in the mid-to-late 1800s and into 
the 1900s, the mortality rate for all infectious diseases dropped. The deadly threats that were 
once so commonplace slowly faded into the past. By the end of the 19th century, it was apparent 
that sanitation was making a significant impact against the bacterial diseases, typhus and typhoid 
fever, without any vaccine. 

In 1838 in England 1228 persons died offever, typhus and typhoid, per million of living. 
Twenty years later the figures were reduced to 918; in 1878 to 306 of typhoid to thirty-six 
of typhus fever. In 1892 only 137 died of typhoid fever, and only three of typhus per 
million living. In London the death rate was 307 in 1869; in 1892 it was 102. Three 
factors have been concerned in this extraordinary saving of life—the cleansing of 
towns, the purification of the water supplies, and the introduction of good sewers. 1 ^ 

Typhoid fever 

By the early 1940s, deaths from typhoid fever had become exceedingly rare. From 1900 to 1943, 
the deaths from typhoid and paratyphoid fever, which had already significantly declined during 
the last part of the 1800s, had declined an additional 98 percent. 

Very striking also has been the decline in death rates for diseases such as typhoid and 
paratyphoid fever. The death rate for these two diseases taken together, decreased from 
31.3 per 100,000population in 1900 to 0.5 in 1943 

Death from scarlet fever, measles, whooping cough, chicken pox, diphtheria, and other diseases 
that were once considered a tragic part of life abated significantly. 

All of the old menaces like typhoid, smallpox, measles, scarlet fever, whooping cough 
and diphtheria have become minor causes of death. The chance is veiy remote indeed 
that any of them will ever again assume sufficient importance in the mortality tables 
seriously to affect the general death rate. 1 ^ 

The health revolution that commenced in the 1800s so strikingly transfonned the Western world 
that, by the early 1940s, it was expected that the threat of death from these diseases would 
eventually reach zero—“complete eradication.” 

From the vital statistics of insurance companies, we learn that life for children in this 
country has been made infinitely safer. We have reduced death from principal 
communicable diseases of childhood — measles, scarlet fever, whooping cough, 
diphtheria—by 31 % in a single year to a new record low, a point actually promising 
complete eradication of these diseases 

Measles, scarlet fever, whooping cough, and diphtheria—the principal communicable 
diseases of childhood—declined 31 percent in the year, or from 4.2 per 100,000 in 1939 
to 2.9 in 1940. Each of these diseases reached a new minimum in 1940, and all except 


whooping cough had a mortality rate of less than 1 per 100,000. Only a comparatively 
few years ago the death toll from this group of diseases was serious, but it has now 
been reduced to a point where their complete suppression may be expected. The public- 
health movement is said to be responsible for the reduction in mortality from diarrhea 
and enteritis, which in 1930 had a rate of 20.4 per 100,000 and in 1940 had dropped to a 
rate of 4. 6 . Advances in sanitary science, including the Pasteurization of milk, the 
better refrigeration of foods, and the purification of water supplies, as well as the 
general rise in the standard of living, are the main reasons for this improvement. 

Scarlet fever 

Throughout the 1800s, scarlet fever was a significant killer. This toxin-mediated streptococcal 
bacterial disease is highly contagious. The bacteria are spread by inhalation or direct skin 
contact. Scarlet fever mortality surpassed that of many other infectious diseases in the 1800s. It 
was a far bigger killer than smallpox, whooping cough, measles, and diphtheria. 

During the Sanitation Revolution from the mid-1800s and into the early 1900s, scarlet fever 
deaths plummeted. The death rate declined by 100 percent by the mid-1900s (Graph 11.1). Even 
by the early 1900s, anyone who became ill with scarlet fever had a 95 percent decreased 
mortality risk compared to the antecedent century. It is noteworthy that the terror of scarlet fever 
became a distant memory— long before antibiotics were available to treat it. 

A review of the experience of Providence, Rhode Island, with regard to scarlet fever from 
1865 to 1924 shows that the death rate of children aged two to four decreased during this 
period from 691 to 28.3 per 100,000... From 1886 to 1888 one in eveiy five cases died, 
while from 1923 to 1924 only one in every 114 cases ended fatally. A similar trend has 
been demonstrated for England and Wales. 

In the case of scarlet fever, nothing was eradicated. Something altered the susceptibility of 
humans to scarlet fever bacterial toxin. Even today, the organism innocently colonizes 15-20 
percent of school children and remains ever present.' 11121 


Graph 11.1 (below): England and Wales scarlet fever mortality rate from 1838 to 1978. 




























Graph 11.1 (above): England and Wales scarlet fever mortality rate from 1838 to 1978. 


Whooping cough and measles 

The threat of death from all infectious diseases had faded to insignificance by the mid-1900s 
(Graph 11.2). By the time a vaccine arrived on the scene for whooping cough, the death rate had 
declined by more than 99 percent (Graph 11.3). 

The decline in death rates [from whooping cough] during the early 20th century was 

rapid, and by World War II the rate was about one-tenth of that at the turn of the century. 

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Immunization against pertussis, which was introduced at a time when mortality from the 
disease had been failing steeply for 70 years, made a much less convincing impact... the 
death rate had fallen very substantially before 1957, and there was relatively very little 
room for improvement 'pML 

Graph 11.2 (below): England and Wales mortality rates from various infectious diseases from 1838 to 1978. 





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Graph 11.2 (above): England and Wales mortality rates from various infectious diseases from 1838 to 1978. 
Graph 11.3 (below): England and Wales whooping cough mortality rate from 1838 to 1978. 

































Graph 11.3 (above): England and Wales whooping cough mortality rate from 1838 to 1978. 


In the case of measles, the death rate had declined by almost 100 percent (Graph 11.4). You 
would never know it today, but the dreaded measles was no longer a major issue in the Western 
world by the time vaccines were deployed. 

Before the general nutrition status of European children reached the high level it is 
today, measles infection was something to be feared. As reviewed by Morely and 
colleagues, measles accounted for 11% of all deaths in Glasgow in the years 1807- 
1812... Even in the absence of a vaccine, by 1960, notification of childhood measles in 
England and Wales was only 2.4% and mortality fell to 0.030%, which is 1:200 of the 
1908 Glasgow mortality rate. imi 

Graph 11.4 tbelowl: England and Wales measles mortality rate from 1838 to 1978. 









































Graph 11.4 (above): England and Wales measles mortality rate from 1838 to 1978. 


People still came down with these illnesses. However, in the developed world, they were almost 
always relatively mild childhood diseases. 

England began keeping mortality statistics on a national level in 1838. Although these national 
statistics were not started in the United States until the year 1900, they also show dramatic 
declines in deaths from infectious diseases. For example, deaths from whooping cough had 
declined by more than 90 percent prior to the introduction of a vaccine in the mid-1940s (Graph 
11.5). Deaths from measles had declined by more than 98 percent before the introduction of a 
vaccine in 1963 (Graph 11.6). The statistics show sharp downward trends at year 1900, but it is 
highly probable that, just like in the United Kingdom, an even earlier decline had already begun 
before the United States began to chart its national statistics. 

Graph 11.5 (below): United States whooping cough mortality rate from 1900 to 1967. 

















Graph 11.5 (above): United States whooping cough mortality rate from 1900 to 1967. 
Graph 11.6 (below): United States measles mortality rate from 1900 to 1987. 







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Graph 11.6 (above): United States measles mortality rate from 1900 to 1987. 


Diphtheria 

There were two types of prophylaxis for diphtheria. The first was the antitoxin in 1895, which 
was a preformed antibody made in a horse after the horse was given the diphtheria toxin. The 
horse blood product was then injected into humans. This form of protection is passive and very 
short lived and has a history of serious contaminations. Severe reactions, including fatal forms of 
serum sickness, were historically problematic and are still listed on the package inserts as 
cautions. Today horse-serum antitoxin is only considered after known exposure or active 
infection. It is not really a vaccine in the sense that it does not incite an active immune response 
to diphtheria on the part of the recipient. 

The other type of prophylaxis is what is in today’s DPT vaccine, the diphtheria toxoid. This is an 
antigenic form of the bacterial toxin that has been altered so it shouldn’t cause active disease but 
will stimulate the recipient to make antibodies. 

Most of the world thinks that diphtheria vaccines are responsible for the low incidence and 
mortality of the disease today. However, with a careful look at the vital statistics, it is clear that 
high uptake of diphtheria vaccines has not led to a lowered incidence or severity of disease. 

In fact, the introduction of diphtheria antitoxin in 1895 preceded a large spike in diphtheria 
mortality. This is shown in Graph 11.7 of Leicester, England. The rise in deaths was 
approximately 10 to 15 times higher than it had been for the previous 57 years (1838-1895) and 
continued for 5 more years (1896-1901). 

Neither antitoxin nor toxoid vaccines led to declines in morbidity and mortality. From 1894 to 
1920, the death rate in children had dropped by about 87 percent in New York City. 

That the drop in diphtheria morbidity and mortality is not wholly due to preventive 
immunization appears to be indicated by the fact that this decline set in actually in the 
nineteenth century before diphtheria antitoxin began to be used generally, and 

continued progressively even before preventative immunization became widespread. The 
death rate among children up to ten years of age in New York City was 785 per 100,000 
in 1894, declining to less than 300 in 1900; and in 1920, when active immunization 
[toxoid] of school children began, it fell below 100. iim 

Although credit has historically been given to the introduction of the antitoxin treatment started 
in 1895, the decline in deaths also began well before its introduction (Graph 11.8). 


Graph 11.7 (below): Leicester, England, diphtheria mortality rate from 1880 to 1910. 












Graph 11.7 (above): Leicester, England, diphtheria mortality rate from 1880 to 1910. 
Graph 11.8 (belowl: New York City diphtheria mortality rates from 1880 to 1911. 







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Graph 11.8 (above): New York City diphtheria mortality rates from 1880 to 1911. 


Another spike in the mortality came after the introduction of the toxoid vaccine in 1920. In 

the United States, deaths from diphtheria had declined 98 percent from the year 1900 up to the 
mid-1940s before the DTP vaccine was introduced (Graph 11.9). Note that the declining 
mortality rate was actually interrupted temporarily after the vaccine was introduced. 

Graph 11.9 (below): Uoited States diphtheria mortality rate from 1900 to 1967. 















Graph 11.9 (above): United States diphtheria mortality rate from 1900 to 1967. 


The improvement in living conditions, not vaccines, marked the beginning of an amazing decline 
in disease mortality. Today, in societies that break down, we see not only life expectancy 
decline, but diseases erupt in highly vaccinated populations. Russia in the 1990s was a case in 
point. During that decade, there was significant political and social turmoil. Russian literature 
points out that the vaccinated develop diphtheria and that mortality is highest in those who are 
malnourished and alcoholic. In 1994 male life expectancy dropped from its high of 65 years 
down to 57 years in Russia. 11221 Belarus data from the 1990s shows that highly vaccinated 
Russia still had diphtheria. 

The analysis of vaccination history shows that out of 11 cases 7 (63,6%) were vaccinated 
according to schedule, 4 vaccinated but not according to schedule 

An outbreak in St. Petersburg, Russia, occurred in the 1990s. More than 2,500 cases were in that 
city. A complete analysis of the vaccination history and disease severity was undertaken. The 
authors concluded that vaccine immunity is “short lived” and that: 

If a wide diphtheria epidemic affects an industrialized country, it would probably not any 
more be the big killer that it was in Europe and in the United States in the 1950s and 
1960s .^1 

Laboratory workers are well aware that many of us carry Corynebacterium diphtheriae bacteria 
as commensals, without the toxin producing virus. Diphtheria bacteria will never be eradicated. 
Therefore, vaccinationists will always say the vaccine is necessary. Given the lack of proven (by 
controlled trials) efficacy of the vaccine and the short-lived antibody following vaccination, one 
must question many of the current assumptions that form the basis of pamphlets read by parents 
and doctors. 

Even though much of the literature from the 1930s showed no effect of vitamin C on diphtheria, 
the studies were limited by the low dosing of the vitamin. Dr. Klenner used adequate doses and 
found the survival greater in those treated with vitamin C: 

Harde et al. reported that diphtheria toxin is inactivated by vitamin C in vitro and to a 
lesser extent in vivo. I have confirmed this finding, indeed extended it. Diphtheria can be 
cured in man by the administration of massive frequent doses of hexuronic acid (vitamin 
C) given intravenously and/or intramuscularly. To the synthetic drug, by mouth, there is 
little response, even when 1000 to 2000 mg. is used every two hours. This cure in 
diphtheria is brought about in half the time required to remove the membrane and give 
negative smears by antitoxin. This membrane is removed by lysis when “C” is given, 
rather than by sloughing as results with the use of the antitoxin. An advantage of this 
form of therapy is that the danger of serum reaction is eliminated. The only disadvantage 
of the ascorbic acid therapy is the inconvenience of the multiple injections. This concept 
of the action of vitamin C against certain toxins has led to treating other diseases 
producing exotoxins. iml 

Dr. King showed that dietary vitamin C had a significant impact on severity of diphtheria in 
guinea pigs which, like humans, also do not make their own vitamin C. 



It is evident from the study that there is a wide zone of vitamin C deficiency, without the 
appearance of scurvy, where physiological processes are subnormal and the animal is 
more sensitive to injury from bacterial toxin. 1 

Perhaps the best prevention and treatment that exists against all toxin-mediated diseases will 
never be accepted by conventional medicine, simply because it cannot be patented. 

Tuberculosis 

Tuberculosis was another big killer in the 1800s. By the late 1930s, the death rate had dropped 
by 92 percent. By 1970, the decline in mortality had reached more than 99 percent (Graph 
11 . 10 ). 


The annual tuberculosis death-rate for every 100,000 population was round 450 in 
Massachusetts in 1857. It dropped steadily and reached 35.6 in 1938 pm 

Graph 11.10 (below): Massachusetts tuberculosis, diphtheria, typhoid, measles, and smallpox mortality rates 

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Graph 11.10 (above): Massachusetts tuberculosis, diphtheria, typhoid, measles, and smallpox mortality rates 

from 1861 to 1970. 


Some would argue that the use of streptomycin in 1948 contributed to the decline in tuberculosis. 
However, bacterial resistance was an immediate issue with streptomycin, which was not reliably 
bactericidal with single drug therapy. More notably is that the decline in incidence and mortality 
was already rapidly occurring before the antibiotic. 

Tuberculosis, pneumonia, and influenza were far bigger killers than most other infectious 
diseases of the time. During the 1900s, these three diseases were killing 5 to 16 times more 
people than typhoid, scarlet fever, whooping cough, measles, or diphtheria (Graph 11.11). Apart 
from the 1918 flu pandemic, these diseases also declined throughout the 1900s (Graph 11.12). 
Although deaths from influenza and pneumonia still occurred, after 1950 they did so at a much 
lower rate. 

Between 1850 and 1900, the commonly recurring epidemics of cholera, smallpox, 
malaria, and typhoid were gradually brought under control. During the next 50 years, 
gratifying victories over such eridemic diseases as tuberculosis, diphtheria, measles, and 
scarlet fever were witnessed. These diseases were less dramatic than epidemics, but each 
was among the leading causes of death before 1900. By the middle of the 20th century, 
except for the 1918 influenza pandemic, death from infectious disease in Western 
industrialized countries was no longer a major component of mortality statistics , iMI1 

Graph 11.11: United States mortality rates from various infectious diseases from 1900 to 1965. 




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Graph 11.12: United States mortality rates from various infectious diseases from 1900 to 1965 magnified 

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It is often asserted that life expectancy dramatically increased during this time due to advances in 
medicine and vaccination. But there is a salient piece of information that is often left out, and 
that is that most of the improvement in mortality was in children under one year of age (Graph 
11.13). There were certainly improvements in all age groups, but the vast majority in average life 
span gain had occurred because babies were no longer dying from poverty-driven ailments or 
diarrhea—and because their mothers stopped dying of puerperal fever (Graph 11.14). 

Infant mortality rates exceeded 200 per 1,000 in Stockholm until 1900 and declined to 50 
per 1000 by 1925. Most of the decline, which occurred in the postnatal (1-11 month) 
period, was driven by a decline in diarrhea mortality. Other important causes of death 
included congenital conditions; tuberculosis; meningitis; undernutrition; and other 
diseases associated with poverty, crowding, and adverse living conditions, which were a 
major reality for the majority of the rapidly growing urban population in Stockholm . imi 

Graph 11.13 (below): United States mortality rates for age groups from 1900 to 1970. 



























Graph 11.13 (above): United States mortality rates for age groups from 1900 to 1970. 

Graph 11.14 (below): United States mortality rates for age groups from 1900 to 1970 magnified view. 























Graph 11.14 (above): United States mortality rates for age groups from 1900 to 1970 magnified view. 


Diarrhea 

From 1900 to 1943, deaths from diarrhea declined from 143.7 to 9.4 per 100,000—a 93.5 percent 
decrease. This mortality decline occurred before any antibiotics were in use and probably had 
little, if anything, to do with vaccination. 

There were probably many causes of the decline in diarrhea mortality; improvements in 
the provision of water and sanitation, changes in hygienic perception and behavior, and 
general socio-economic improvements, including improved nutritional status, are all 
thought to have been contributing factors. 

By the early 1930s, victory was declared over the problem of infectious diarrhea that had 
plagued very young children for decades. 

By the late 1920s the major cause of mortality changed among infants and young 
children in Europe, Great Britain and the United States. The epidemics of summer 
diarrhea and high infant mortality had virtually disappeared to the point that epidemics 
of diarrhea was declared defeated in Great Britain by the early 1930s... the case fatality 
rates for pneumonia were also dropping during the same period. The case fatality rate for 
pneumonia had dropped by nearly two thirds... Hess’s colleagues attributed these 
changes in diarrheal and respiratory disease to model institutional care, which included 
unobstructed, sunny infirmaries, large verandas and avoidance of overcrowding or 
“hospitalism. 

It should be clear that deaths from all diseases were on the decline— even those diseases that 
still struck at similar rates—prior to the availability of antibiotics. A positive change in the 
baseline health of the population made the biggest difference, and that occurred through changes 
in the environment and nutrition. 

An analysis has been made of the evolution in Switzerland of mortality due to the main 
infectious diseases ever since the causes of death began to be registered. Mortality due to 
tuberculosis, diphtheria, scarlet fever, whooping cough, measles, typhoid, puerperal 
fever and infant gastro-enteritis started to fall long before the introduction of 
immunization and/or antibiotics. The decline was probably due to a great extent to 
various factors linked to the steady rise in the standard of living: qualitative and 
quantitative improvements in nutrition; better public and personal hygiene; better 
housing and working conditions and improvements in education 

During this time, deaths from scurvy were also decreasing. The nutritional status of the 
Western world as a whole had undergone a fundamental improvement. The diseased, putrid, and 
unwholesome food that people had been accustomed to eating was replaced with a more varied 
and nutritionally superior diet. 

Incomplete as it is, the evidence for the nineteenth century is at least consistent with the 
view that diet was the most significant environmental influence in relation to the trend of 



mortality from tuberculosis... there is no serious doubt that conditions had improved 
considerably by 1850, and a notable feature of improvement must have been a better 
diet. The fact that mortality fell rapidly from the time when nutrition improved, and when 
there is no reason to believe that exposure to infection was reduced, seems to us to 
provide good grounds for regarding diet as an important influence 


Hospitals 

Before improvements were made in hospital hygiene, hospitals were even more serious sources 
of infection than they are today. Hospitalism was a general term used to describe the negative 
influences upon infants in hospitals and asylums. During the 1800s, the public often believed that 
these dirty and overcrowded institutions were a danger to health and well-being. An 1898 book 
discusses the situation. 


The town free from infection; the hospital saturated by it, to such an extent as to induce 
its own surgeons to recommend their patients not to enter it, to compel them to refrain 
from operating, and, after every attempt that science and humanity could suggest—every 
hygienic means employed in vain in the fruitless attempt to eradicate the pestilence from 
the “very fabric ” itself—to cause the governors, as a last resource, to decide on the 
demolition of the building and its complete reconstruction, at great experise, as the only 

remedy. 


Slowly, institutional care was improved and replaced the old-style hospitals that had been 
responsible for so many deaths. 


A 1977 analysis of the effect of medical intervention on the decline of mortality in the United 
States since 1900 stated how little medical measures had to do with disease decline. 


In general, medical measures (both chemotherapeutic and prophylactic) appear to have 
contributed little to the overall decline in mortality in the United States since about 
1900—having in many instances been introduced several decades after a marked 
decline had already set in and having no detectable influence in most instances. More 
specifically, with reference to those five conditions (influenza, pneumonia, diphtheria, 
whooping cough, and poliomyelitis) for which the decline in mortality appears 
substantial after the point of intervention—and on the unlikely assumption that all of this 
decline is attributable to the intervention... it is estimated that at most 3.5 percent of the 
total decline in mortality since 1900 could be ascribed to medical measures introduced 
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Eleven Major Infectious Diseases, Contrasted with the Proportion of the Gross National Product Expended 

on Medical Care. 


The improvement in hospital safety compared to the 1800s may seem revolutionary. The bad 
news is that in the year 2000 the Institute of Medicine released a report showing that hospitals 
and doctors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, only after cancer and heart 
disease. 

The combined effect of errors and adverse effects that occur because of iatrogenic 
damage not associated with recognizable error include: 

• 12,000 deaths/vear from unnecessary surgery 

• 7,000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals 

• 20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals 

• 80,000 deaths/vear from nosocomial infections in hospitals 

• 106,000 deaths/year from nonerror, adverse effects of medications 

The above numbers are thought to be an underestimate of the actual damage. The modern 
outpatient setting was also noted to be dangerous in the IOM report. 

It concluded that between 4% and 18% of consecutive patients experience adverse effects 
in outpatient settings, with 116 million extra physician visits, 77 million extra 
prescriptions, 17 million emergency department visits, 8 million hospitalizations, 3 
million long-term admissions, 199000 additional deaths, and $77 billion in extra costs 
(equivalent to the aggregate cost of care ofpatients with diabetes). 






Unfortunately, the flawed belief that vaccines and other medical advances were responsible for 
this amazing decline has dictated how infectious diseases are treated today. Instead of an 
emphasis on hygiene, nutrition, and appropriate vitamin supplementation, immune system 
support, and natural remedies, the emphasis is always on costly antibiotics, vaccinations, and 
other medical procedures. 

These choices have not been without consequences, as they fight the germs instead of supporting 
the life force. The host cannot rid its surroundings of microorganisms and, in fact, may be best 
served by cultivating the beneficial ones as they are actually part of the host’s defense. 

The prevailing view of interactions between complex, multicellular hosts and the 
microbes that surround them is skewed by a historical focus on pathogens. But in our 
rapidly accelerating exploration of the microbial world around us, there may be 
advantages to taking the broader view of immunity to pathogens as one aspect of a 
microbiome management system that regulates interactions with intimately associated 
microbiota, the great majority of which may be beneficial 


12. The “Disappearance” of Polio 


I also looked at their children and wondered why they got so sick. This time the answer 
came rather quickly and from the mouth of an Aboriginal woman: “Before the white man 
came, we had good health and no sickness. ” 

- Dr. Archie Kalokorinos 

Morris Beale, who for years edited his informative publication, Capsule News Digest, from 
Capitol Hill, offered a standing reward during the years from 1954 to 1960 of $30,000, 
which he would pay to anyone who could prove that the polio vaccine was not a killer and a 

fraud. There were no takers. 

- Eustace Mullins (1923-2010), Murder by Injection 

Live virus vaccines against paralytic poliomyelitis, for example, may in each instance 
produce the disease it is intended to prevent; the live virus vaccines against measles and 
mumps may produce such side effects as encephalitis. Both of these problems are \ due to the 
inherent difficulty of controlling live viruses in vivo [once they are placed in a live person], 

- Jonas and Darrell Salk, Science, March 4, 1977 

The polio story is a haunting one: long, complicated, and ugly. It’s not a story you will have read 
or that the medical profession will be able to tell. Beyond the smoke and mirrors lie sketchy 
statistics, renaming of diseases, and vaccine-induced paralytic polio caused by both the Salk, 22 ^’ 
and the Sabin vaccines. Dr. Albert Sabin’s oral polio vaccine (OPV) continues to cause 
paralysis in vaccine recipients today. 125 ^ 22221 

Despite many well-documented historical problems, polio and smallpox vaccines serve as the 
anchor for vaccination faith today. The subject stirs passion in those who believe their ancestors 
were affected by the dreaded virus or their children could be crippled by it today. 

Many believe that a disease called polio has been eradicated in the Western hemisphere. Most 
everyone thinks that polio was eliminated by vaccination. But to fully understand where polio 
went, one must understand what polio was. Then, it becomes clear that it is impossible to 
eradicate it with a vaccine. However, the vaccine did lend itself to many well-documented— 
although not well-known—problems. 

The term poliomyelitis is a description of spinal pathology. The meaning of the word comes from 
Greek Polios (gray), muelos (marrow), ids (inflammation) and denotes inflammation of the gray 
matter of the spinal cord. The gray matter is labeled here on the cross section of the spinal cord. 
Poliomyelitis can occur in the brainstem and the spinal cord. 



POSTERIOR HORN 
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The result of this inflammation, whether chemical or viral, is reflected by certain characteristic 
muscular symptoms that have been conditioned into the minds of several generations to look like 
the boy in the picture to the right. The most visible aspects of polio were the braced limbs, iron 
lungs, deformities of hips and legs, clubbed feet, and scoliosis. 













Photo 12.1: George Clark walks on crutches and heavy braces. He had polio attack last April. (1956) 


A small number of polio victims were placed on what is locked into our collective memory: iron 
lung machines. Those images are perhaps the most terrifying because they represent the most 
serious fonn of polio called bulbar poliomyelitis, where the brain stem is involved and the death 
rate is highest. 

Poliomyelitis was widely believed to be caused by a virus that infects the intestinal tract and 
moves into the body. 


Prevalence of polio, 1912-1969 







Since the early 1900s, we have been indoctrinated to believe that polio was a highly prevalent 
and contagious disease. Graph 12.1 depicts the incidence of various diseases in the United States 
between 1912 and 1970. Poliomyelitis is the line (with square points) at the bottom and reveals 
that the incidence was very low when compared to that of other infectious diseases. Polio has 
also been portrayed as a vicious crippler in the early and mid-1900s when it was habitually 
diagnosed by doctors who used a very loose definition of the disease. This graph denotes rates of 
clinical disease, most of which resolved and left no residual paralysis at all. 

Given what a low-incidence disease it was, how did polio come to be perceived as such an 
infamous monster? This is a question worthy of consideration, especially in light of the fact that 
the rate was far less than other common diseases, some of which declined in incidence to nearly 
zero with no vaccine at all. Those who still embody a fear of polio may argue that it was a 
monster because it crippled people, especially children. But it was later revealed, after a vaccine 
was lauded for the eradication of polio, that much of the crippling was related to factors other 
than poliovirus, and those factors could not possibly have been affected by any vaccine. 

Graph 12.1 (below): United States disease incidence from 1912 to 1970. 




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Natural (wild) poliovirus 

It is easy to assume that poliovirus appeared abruptly or somehow changed in the 1900s to 
become as problematic as it was alleged to be. Naturally existing poliovirus was a common 
bowel inhabitant for millennia, always there, continuously circulating through humans, but never 
causing paralysis until later when something changed. The key question is: What opportunities 
could have arisen that afforded poliovirus the ability to cause epidemics in the early 20th 
century? 

Under healthy environmental and dietary conditions, certain populations had antibodies to all 
three types of the virus and did not develop paralysis or have significant symptoms after 
infection. The remote Brazilian Xavante tribe serves as an example. This tribe was relatively 
untouched by modem man because they fought encroachments by slaughtering anyone who got 
close. There was a brief period of time in the 1700s when some of the natives lived among the 
white men until they realized that doing so brought waves of disease and death upon them. Those 
who survived fled and moved farther west in an attempt to isolate themselves. Around the 1950s, 
a few Indian health service members managed to get some cooperation for a study that evaluated 
the resistance to disease and the immune status of those native people. The results of the pilot 
study were published in 1964. 

Isolated native tribes seem to have had no problem with the infections that were plaguing white 
men, even though blood results showed that the natives were indeed exposed and infected by 
many of those very same germs. Dr. Neel found that: 

The paradox of a virtual absence ofparalytic poliomyelitis among such heavily infected 
groups as this [referring to the Xavante Indians], despite high antibody titers, is well 
known, but the interpretation of the observation remains under discussion 

These isolated people, who had not adopted any of the habits or medical interventions that are 
now known to increase susceptibility to poliomyelitis, were fully infected and immune! Native 
Indian populations had evidence of infection with all three strains of poliovirus, but developed 
no poliomyelitis whatsoever. 

...studies of antibody avidity according to the techniques of Sabin (1957) were made on 
randomly selected specimens. All specimens were positive for antibodies to all three types 
ofpoliomyelitis, providing additional confirmation of the validity of the findings [that the 
Indians were all immune and none of them paralyzed],... The percentage ofpositive 
reactors is striking 

These people had true herd immunity: 

...all of the 60 persons tested with both techniques have antibodies to type I, 59 [had 
antibody] (98.3 ±1.7per cent) to type II, and 56 [had antibody] (93.3 ± 3.2 per cent) to 
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Within Neel’s paper, there is ample documentation and reference to the fact that native 



populations, when left to their natural diet and habitat, can become infected with influenza, 
salmonella, and measles. But the diseases do not spread clinically within the tribe, and mortality 
is nonexistent. 

...in this instance, under-reporting hardly can be invoked as an explanation, one must 
conclude that in the Peruvian altiplano most infections are subclinical or give rise to 
only trivial illness.... The demographic data make it clear that the eight persons positive 
for influenza did experience their disease while in contact with other members of the 
tribe. Why did the disease not spread? {ml 

Dr. Albert Sabin, inventor of the oral polio vaccine, also noted in 1947 that native peoples were 
infected by poliovirus before the age of five, and yet there was no paralysis among them. There 
was, however, a significant rate of paralytic poliomyelitis in American servicemen in the same 
areas. Paralytic disease was common in the colonizing communities but not in natives. 

...the most important question: why did paralytic poliomyelitis become an epidemic 
disease only a little more than fifty years ago, and as such why does it seem to be 
affecting more and more the countries in which sanitation and hygiene, along with the 
general standard of living, are presumably making the greatest advances, while other 
large parts of the world, regardless of latitude, are still relatively unaffected 

Sabin said that the virus was present all over the world and that asymptomatic infection was 
widespread, even in regions where epidemics were unknown. The incorrect assumption by Dr. 
Sabin was that polio had anything to do with wealth per se. It probably had more to do with the 
subtle deterioration of innate immunity due to what wealthy people and American servicemen 
were spraying in the environment, what doctors were doing to them, and other lifestyle habits. 

Dr. Archie Kalokerinos, a medical doctor who spent his career tending to the aboriginal people 
of Australia, was told repeatedly by the elders that the tribes had no disease until the white men 
arrived and that they didn’t even have names for these diseases.- 1 ^ 

Although Dr. Sabin was simply puzzled about the clean and advanced parts of the world getting 
sick, he failed to connect the rate of paralysis to easily identifiable factors. Examining what 
changed in the environment and the human diet and how that clearly affected the susceptibility to 
paralysis in developed areas is key to understanding polio. 

The white man’s diet of refined and processed foods with the resultant lack of vitamins, the 
environmental and agricultural poisons, and specific invasive medical procedures all contributed 
to the rise in susceptibility of people living in industrialized parts of the world. But by the time 
those connections were made, disease-causing food was well ingrained in the modern palate. 
Medical advances were met with gratitude even though many of them were dangerous and 
overused. Refined sugar, white flour, alcohol, tobacco, tonsillectomies, vaccines, antibiotics, 
DDT, and arsenic had become financial golden calves that led humanity blindly down a 
spiral of disease and misery. Unfortunately, the paralysis was uniformly attributed to poliovirus 
infections which thus justified and prioritized vaccine research at all costs. Many thousands of 
people were needlessly paralyzed because the medical system refused to look at the 
consequences of these golden calves, gave only lip service to the success of the Sister Kenny 


treatment of paralysis (discussed later in this chapter), and concentrated solely on vaccine 
research. 

What polio was and where it is now 

Before the vaccine was in widespread use, many distinct diseases were naively grouped under 
the umbrella of “polio.” Only after the vaccine was widely accepted was there an effort to 
distinguish poliovirus from other types of paralytic disease. The following list represents a few 
that could have been categorized and documented as polio prior to 1958. 

• Enteroviruses such as Coxsackie and ECHO 

• Undiagnosed congenital syphilis 

• Arsenic and DDT toxicity 

• Transverse myelitis 

• Guillain-Barre syndrome 

• Provocation of limb paralysis by intramuscular injections of many types, including a variety 
of vaccines 

• Hand, foot, and mouth disease 11 ^ 

• Lead poisoning 11 ^ 

These are all conditions that still exist today and that a polio vaccine could not prevent. 

The face of polio may have changed, but it was mostly due to the power of the pen, advances in 
diagnostic and life-support technology, removal of certain toxic influences, and advancements in 
physical therapy. 

Specific polio diagnosis was not pursued with laboratory testing before 1958. The diagnostic 
criteria for polio were very loose prior to the field trials for the vaccine in 1954. Before the 
vaccine was deployed, health-care professionals were vigilantly programmed to be on the 
lookout for polio. After the trials, they were vigilantly noting who developed polio—vaccinated 
or unvaccinated—and made every effort to diagnose a non-polio illness in a vaccinated person. 
Dr. Bernard Greenberg, head of the department of biostatistics of the University of North 
Carolina School of Public Health and chairman of the Committee on Evaluation and Standards of 
the American Public Health Association, stated in 1960: 

Prior to 1954 any physician who reported paralytic poliomyelitis was doing his patient a 
service by way of subsidizing the cost of hospitalization and was being community- 
minded in reporting a communicable disease. The criterion of diagnosis at that time in 
most health departments followed the World Health Organization definition: “Spinal 
paralytic poliomyelitis: signs and symptoms of nonparalytic poliomyelitis with the 
addition ofpartial or complete paralysis of one or more muscle groups, detected on two 
examinations at least 24 hours apart. ” Note that “two examinations at least 24 hours 
apart’’ was all that was required.... Laboratory confirmation and presence of residual 
[longer than 24 hours] was not required . 1 ^ 

The practice among doctors before 1954 was to diagnose all patients who experienced even 
short-term paralysis (24 hours) with “polio.” In 1955, the year the Salk vaccine was released, the 


diagnostic criteria became much more stringent. If there was no residual paralysis 60 days after 
onset, the disease was not considered to be paralytic polio. This change made a huge difference 
in the documented prevalence of paralytic polio because most people who experience paralysis 
recover prior to 60 days. Dr. Greenberg said: 

The change in 1955 meant that we were reporting a new disease, namely, paralytic 
poliomyelitis with a longer-lasting paralysis. Furthermore diagnostic procedures have 
continued to be refined. Coxsackie virus and aseptic meningitis have been distinguished 
from paralytic poliomyelitis. Prior to 1954 large numbers of these cases were mislabeled 
as paralytic poliomyelitis. Thus, simply by changes in diagnostic criteria, the number of 
paralytic cases was predetermined to decrease in 1955-1957, whether or not any 
vaccine was used '. mzi 

As a case in point on how much paralytic disease thought to be polio was not at all associated 
with polioviruses, consider the well-documented Michigan epidemic of 1958. This epidemic 
occurred four years into the Salk vaccine campaign. An in-depth analysis of the diagnosed cases 
revealed that more than half of them were not poliovirus associated at all (Figure 12.2 and Figure 
12.3). There were several other causes of “polio” besides poliovirus. 

During an epidemic of poliomyelitis in Michigan in 1958, virological and serologic 
studies were carried out with specimens from 1,060 patients. Fecal specimens from 869 
patients yielded no virus in 401 cases, poliovirus in 292, ECHO (enteric cytopathogenic 
human orphan) virus in 100, Coxsackie virus in 73, and unidentified virus in 3 cases. 
Serums from 191 patients from whom no fecal specimens were obtainable showed no 
antibody changes in 123 cases but did show changes diagnostic for poliovirus in 48, 
ECHO viruses in 14, and Coxsackie virus in 6. In a large number of paralytic as well as 
nonparalytic patients poliovirus was not the cause. Frequency studies showed that 
there were no obvious clinical differences among infections with Coxsackie, ECHO, 
and poliomyelitis viruses. Coxsackie and ECHO viruses were responsible for more 
cases of “nonparalytic poliomyelitis ” and “aseptic meningitis ” than was poliovirus 
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After the vaccine, there was a concerted effort to distinguish cases with poliovirus from cases 
without it. This was not a concern prior to 1958 when many diseases common today hid behind 
the name poliomyelitis. Transverse myelitis, viral or aseptic meningitis, Guillain-Barre syndrome 
(GBS), chronic fatigue syndrome, spinal meningitis, post-polio syndrome, acute flaccid paralysis 
(AFP), enteroviral encephalopathy, traumatic neuritis, Reye’s syndrome, etc., all could have been 
diagnosed as polio prior to 1958. 

A modern scientific publication has even cast strong doubt on President Franklin Roosevelt’s 
well-publicized polio diagnosis. The conclusion of a team of modern researchers is that he 
actually had GBS and not polio as was originally believed. 11 ^ 21 

If polio is still here, why don’t we see it? 

Wild poliovirus was never the big killer or paralyzer the public was led to believe it was through 
the many frightening images shown repeatedly in the 1950s. Dr. Lennette, a well-respected 
virologist and pioneer of diagnostic virology with the California Department of Health, said in 
reflection on September 1987: 

Actually, economically the disease wasn 7 very important. Secondly, not many cases were 
seen in this country. There weren't too many people paralyzed from polio in any one 
neighborhood, so it never made much of an impact , lml (See also Graph 12.1.) 

The pictographic and cinematic images of polio that were used to rally the public toward vaccine 
development and acceptance dropped away after the vaccine campaign began. The public 
gratefully embraced the vaccine that was believed to have removed the frightful disease. To 
maintain public belief in the vaccine, especially in light of several serious instances of vaccine- 
induced paralytic polio, the images of polio in the new, highly vaccinated population had to be 
deleted. Optimism regarding the vaccine prevailed. The March of Dimes campaigns that were 
once designed to impact human fear and emotion transitioned into what we see today as 
advertising for “working together for stronger, healthier babies”—funding vaccines for infants 
and pregnant mothers. 

In the 1940s, physical therapy and mobilization were ultimately recognized and developed as an 
important early intervention for paralysis victims. The cruel and barbaric treatments mentioned 
in Dr. J. R. Paul’s book A History of Poliomyelitis, 11111 which included tendon cutting and 
transplantation and other such “salvage operations,” early and prolonged splinting, surgical 
straightening, and painful but ineffective electrical treatments, were abandoned. 

As a result, images of crying children in plaster casts and splints were not as prevalent. 
Outcomes in paralysis and deformities improved simply because the disease began to be treated 
better from the outset. But this change did not happen overnight. It took Sister Elizabeth Kenny, 
a pioneer of what is now kn own as physical therapy, 30 years to get the orthodox medical 
community to accept that they had been incorrectly treating polio and were thus responsible for 
much of the residual paralyses, deformities, and lingering stiffness. 



Dr. John Pohl, one of Sister Kenny’s strongest American supporters, reflected on the misery that 
polio victims endured before the Kenny technique was used in Minnesota, circa 1940: 

The more she talked, the more it seemed she made sense. Before she came, our city 
hospital was just crowded with polio. And treatment, in plain language, was just no 
damned good. If you could have visited the hospital, you would have seen little kids lying 
stiff and rigid, crying with pain, even though—as she saw—they were not necessarily 
paralyzed. We’d take the children to the operating room in those days, straighten them 
out under anesthetic, and put them in plaster casts. When they woke up, they screamed. 
The next day they still cried from the pain. That was the accepted and universal 
treatment virtually all over the world. I saw it in Boston and New York City and London. 
She said, “That’s all wrong. 



Photo 12.2: Sister Kenny encourages a polio patient to stand for the first time. (1946) 




Splinting and casting of paralyzed limbs was the primary fonn of treatment in the first half of the 
20th century. Affected limbs were routinely immobilized in casts for three to six months and 
often as long as two years. 

This is a very important link to the story of polio. The manner in which stiff, painful, numb 
muscles were handled by doctors had a lot to do with the early face of polio and why it looks so 
different today in countries where paralytic poliomyelitis is treated differently. 

The improper treatment of poliomyelitis led to the dysfunction of limbs, regardless of whether 
the virus was present or not. Dr. Donald Young Solandt and his associates at the University of 
Toronto reported that completely immobilizing an animal’s limb produced similar muscle 
changes as nerve cutting or nerve removal. 12211 Solandt’s research demonstrated that 
immobilization alone was enough to induce flaccidity and apparent paralysis even with 
completely intact motor and sensory nerve pathways. Later writing by Mead also described how 
polio victims were treated in hospitals. 

Orthopedists... believed in the “extreme fragility” of poliomyelitic muscle. Many victims 
of this disease were cast in plaster for 6 months or so, and their deformities were 
operated on in due course. Not even massage—much less, vigorous exercise of the 
affected muscle was countenanced .^ 222 

Thus the manner in which acutely affected muscles were treated had everything to do with 
outcome. The expectation among doctors and the public was that poliomyelitis meant a life of 
corrective surgery and lameness. Sister Kenny proved them wrong. 

Today, in Gaza, India, and Nigeria, where poliomyelitis is prevalent and limbs are treated 
according to the old ways, outcomes are similar to the images of the 1930s and 1940s. 22222 Those 
images of crying children in plaster casts, used to influence the population to accept vaccination, 
were quite rare when the Kenny method was used. Given the history of successful treatment of 
paralyzed limbs from poliomyelitis, it does seem strange to revert back to the damaging old 
ways. How welcome would polio vaccine campaigns be today, if Sister Kenny’s method was 
implemented in Gaza, India, and Nigeria and those unnecessarily deformed and atrophied limbs 
were nonexistent? 

The iron lung and transverse myelitis 

We no longer have iron lungs that look like miniature space rockets, the continuous images of 
which could instill morbid fear in any parent. Instead, we have small boxes with tubes going 
directly into the airway, called ventilators. So, when a child is admitted to the hospital with 
compromised respiratory muscles or brain stem afflictions, instead of being put into an iron lung 
she is connected to a ventilator. Although this is still frightening, it does not elicit the trepidation 
of the iron lung. 



Photo 12.3: Iron lung encases 27-year-old Boyce Rash whose respiratory muscles have been paralyzed. 

Breathing function is so impaired that a mechanical apparatus is required to force air in and out of the 
patient’s lungs. Seven iron lungs were shipped to Hickory, two of them from Boston. John Bryan, 8, uses 
oxygen inhaiator. It feeds oxygen to nose of patient who has difficulty in breathing normally. Most severe 
cases involve paralysis of respiratory muscles. Tube extending from mouth collect saliva which boy cannot 
swallow because of paralyzed throat muscles. (1943) 


Dr. Douglas Kerr from Johns Hopkins stated in his foreword to The Autoimmune Epidemic 
published in 2009: 

Infants as young as five months old can get transverse myelitis, and some are left 
permanently paralyzed and dependent upon a ventilator to breathe... my colleagues at 
the Johns Hopkins Hospital and I hear about or treat hundreds of new cases every year. 

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Does the public have any idea that there are hundreds of cases of something that is now called 
transverse myelitis that would have historically been called polio and is now leaving children 
permanently dependent on a modern version of the iron lung? 

Approximately 33,000 people are afflicted by transverse myelitis in the United States, with 1,400 
new cases per year. The symptoms of this disease are described by the National Institutes of 
Health. 


...loss of spinal cord function over several hours to several weeks. What usually begins as 
a sudden onset of lower back pain, muscle weakness, or abnormal sensations in the toes 
and feet can rapidly progress to more severe symptoms, including paralysis, urinary 
retention, and loss of bowel control. Although some patients recover from transverse 
myelitis with minor or no residual problems, others suffer permanent impairments that 
affect their ability to perform ordinary tasks of daily living. 1 mi 

This is but one disease that would have been called polio in the years leading up to 1954. What 

causes transverse myelitis? 

Researchers are uncertain of the exact causes of transverse myelitis. The inflammation 
that causes such extensive damage to nerve fibers of the spinal cord may result from viral 
infections or abnormal immune reactions. Transverse myelitis also may occur as a 





complication of syphilis, measles, Lyme disease, and vaccinations. Cases in which a 
cause cannot be identified are called idiopathic 

DDT poisoning: A cause of polio-like illness 

Insects were not just the bane of cattlemen and farmers throughout the world. Flies, in particular, 
were believed to spread polio outdoors and in the home. In response, fearful parents sprayed 
DDT on all their windowsills and sprinkled it on sandwiches in their children’s lunch boxes. 
DDT in water was used to rinse clothes, bedding, and mattresses. It was thought to be a safe and 
effective insecticide—even safe enough to spray at public beaches and directly onto children in 
an effort to halt the spread of polio. (See DDT advertisement on the previous page. “Only a little 
fly you say? Yes ...but what a dangerous monster! He can carry polio, and many other horrible 
disease germs, right into your home!”) 

Photo 12.4 (below): Knox Out DDT product advertisement. (1948) 



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Photo 12.4 (above): Knox Out DDT product advertisement. (1948) 



Photo 12.5: Flying and Biting Bugs on Jones Beach Die in a Cloud of DDT, New Insecticide—-A truck- 
mounted for generator squirts the poison, mixed with oil droplets, over a four-mile area of the New York City 
playground. Spread by Army and Navy planes and by hand sprays, DDT routed dangerous disease-bearing 
flies and mosquitoes on Pacific islands. DDT has a drawback—it kills many beneficial and harmless insects, 
but does not kill all insect pests. Birds and fish which eat large numbers of DDT-poisoned insects may be 

casualties too. (1945) 


But science did not support such practices. Most people wrongly thought that DDT was not only 
nontoxic, but that it was actually good for them. 

By the 1960s, there was convincing evidence that polio-virus could live quite happily in 
pesticide-treated cells, and moreover, that the pesticides led to increased susceptibility of viral 





invasion.- 12221 DDT was found to enhance the release and intracellular multiplication of 
poliovirus. 12221 Thus, it likely contributed to creating a monster out of a normally benign gut 
virus. Unfortunately, this information was not published in the medical literature until a full 
decade after the polio vaccine was an accepted solution to poliomyelitis. Coincidentally, DDT 
was phased out of use in the United States and Canada beginning in the 1960s, right around the 
time that polio was disappearing. 

During summer months at the beach, sugared foods were consumed in large volume. Sugar is 
known to create a toxic environment in the gut, altering the balance of beneficial and toxin- 
producing bacteria. Together with DDT, sugar would have created the perfect storm to damage 
the bowel and systemic immune systems. 

Diet—in particular, diets high in refined sugar and flour—has a known impact on susceptibility 
to severe poliovirus infection. The harsh chemicals used in cane sugar refining are thought by 
some scientists 12211 to have contributed to the synergy between an otherwise innocent virus and 
the sugar. In addition, as Dr. Sandler demonstrated, 12221 sugar metabolism and post-prandial 
hypoglycemia increased cellular viral susceptibility. 

In the fear-baked summers of polio, many parents were totally unaware that exposure to DDT 
alone induced symptoms that were completely indistinguishable from poliomyelitis—even in the 
absence of a virus. 12221 

Acute gastroenteritis occurs, with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea 
usually associated with extreme tenesmus [the feeling of having to pass stool with 
inability to do so]. Coryza [head cold], cough and persisten t sore throat are common, 
often followed by a persistent or recurrent feeling of constriction or a “lump ” in the 
throat; occasionally the sensation of constriction extends substernally and to the back 
and may be associated with severe pain in either arm. Pain in the joints, generalized 
muscle weakness, apprehension and exhausting fatigue are usual; the latter are often 
so severe in the acute stage as to be described by some patients as “paralysis. ,,{ml 


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Photo 12.6 (above): “The great expectations held for DDT have been realized.” Penn Salt chemicals 

advertisement. (1947) 


The paralysis that the world witnessed in the first part of the 20th century was largely from 
toxins in the environment like DDT, lead, and arsenic. Those toxins seriously disrupt mucosal 
immunity, allowing a previously benign virus to bypass the innate immune system and cause 
paralysis and other clinical symptoms. Where those chemicals are still used today, you will see 
reports of paralysis, which used to be called polio, but authorities now call it “acute flaccid 
paralysis.” 

How could doctors in the 1940s and 1950s possibly have distinguished a case that presented like 
DDT poisoning from poliomyelitis? They couldn’t. After all, most people thought DDT was 
completely nontoxic and even healthy. These toxicity cases would have been diagnosed as polio 
and treated as such, often with a crippling outcome. It is not surprising that Dr. Fred Klenner was 
able to cure 60 out of 60 cases (100 percent) of polio (including bulbar polio) with the 
detoxifying agent, vitamin C, given in high intravenous doses. 1 ^' 1 ^ Doctors were on the 
lookout for polio but not DDT poisoning. 

Despite the fact that DDT is a highly lethal poison for all species of animals, the myth 
has become prevalent among the general population that it is safe for man in virtually 
any quantity. Not only is it used in households with reckless abandon, so that sprays and 
aerosols are inhaled, the solutions are permitted to contaminate the skin. Bedding and 
other textiles are saturated. Food and food utensils are contaminated. DDT is also widely 
used in restaurants and food processing establishments and as an insecticide on crops. 
Cattle, sheep and other food animals are extensively dusted with it and large areas are 
indiscriminately sprayed from airplanes for mosquito control. DDT is difficult and 
usually completely impossible to remove from contaminated foods (it is not affected by 
cooking) and it accumulates in the fat and appears in the milk of animals who feed on 
sprayed pasture or on contaminated fodder or who lick the DDT from their hides. As 
DDT is a cumulative poison, it is inevitable that large-scale intoxication of the American 
population would occur. In 1944, Smith and Stohlman of the National Institutes of 
Health, after an extensive study of the cumulative toxicity of DDT, pointed out, “The 
toxicity of DDT combined with its cumulative action and absorbability from the skin 
places a definite health hazard on its use. ”^zi 

This following diagram reveals the parallel between polio epidemics in the United States and 
tonnage of pesticide (most of which was DDT) production from 1940 to 1970. 


Figure 12.4fbelowt: Polio incidence and persistent pesticide production. 






Used with permission. Jim West (author), "Pesticides and Polio", Townsend Letter For Doctor’s And Patients, June, 2000, p68 

























Figure 12.4(above): Polio incidence and persistent pesticide production. 


It’s no small wonder that polio appeared to be such a vicious entity from the late 1800s and up 
until DDT was phased out of use in the United States. But that didn’t happen until after a vaccine 
for polio was fully embraced as a savior of humanity in 1954. The United States was considered 
free of wild polio as of 1979. 



Photo 12.7: Speaking of Pictures... These Demonstrate Flow DDT Paralyzes a Mosquito—In glass case 
mosquito feels effects of DDT, gives frantic kick, leaps into air. As DDT enters nervous system and starts to 
paralyze muscles, mosquito seems to be trying to kick off paralyzing sensation. Paralysis of the nervous 
system affects the mosquito legs. The mosquito staggers, falls over, tries to push back onto its legs. It makes 
one last violent effort to rise but topples back onto its head. On its back and almost completely paralyzed, the 
mosquito continues to battle against DDT but only succeeds in wiggling convulsively. It took DDT 45 minutes 

to knock the mosquito out completely. (1946) 


Today in India, “polio” is a well-publicized problem, and DDT can be found on shelves just 
about anywhere. India, one of four countries that still manufactures DDT, remains the chemical’s 
largest consumer and producer. 11 ^ China suffered an epidemic of polio in 2011 and is one of the 
four countries that has produced and continues to use DDT.- 11221 Although breast milk DDT levels 
in women in the United States is among the lowest in the world after decades of its banning, 
many other countries are still polluted with the chemical. 

Polio by arsenic poisoning 

Arsenicals, or compounds containing arsenic, are some of the oldest kn own causes of 
poliomyelitis. Yet old texts considered arsenic to be “potent,” “effective,” and “safe” and 
claimed that it “generally agrees very well” with children.- 12221 Doctors prescribed arsenic in cases 
of lung problems such as asthma, and it was added to tobacco for smoking. It was also used for 
cholera on the basis that a greater poison would destroy the lesser poison, and dentists used 
arsenous acid to kill nerve endings in decayed teeth. 

Arsenic was used in wallpaper, paper, fabrics, paints, and dyes in the 1700s and 1800s until 
women’s groups responded to the poisonings by bringing in muted colors with vegetable dyes. 
Paris Green and Scheele’s Green were commonly used arsenic-based products that could result 
in polio symptoms. 











After the removal of arsenic-containing pigments, arsenic poisoning resulted from medicines 
approved by the AMA in the form of supposedly therapeutic injections. Arsenic was used on 
fruits and vegetables in lead arsenate and calcium arsenate sprays, which resulted in human and 
animal ingestion. Washing or removing the outside contaminated layers of arsenic-treated 
produce was rarely recommended. Massive spray programs in the spring and at harvest are 
among the reasons why polio was once commonly referred to as summer diarrhea. Later, after 
cold storage for produce was used to extend the shelf life, the programs extended into the winter. 

Sister Elizabeth Kenny was a nurse from the Australian outback whose observations led her to 
treat polio with hot packs and physical therapy. When some of the first “infantile paralysis” 
epidemics were quietly beginning in remote areas of Australia, she was called to help. 

The year was 1912, and she was 23 years old with rudimentary medical training under her belt. 
In the pages of her autobiography lies evidence that the poliomyelitis she treated was chemical in 
nature, although at the time she had no idea what might be causing it. Years later, she became 
quite famous throughout the world for reversing the deformed physical outcomes of polio, which 
were often caused by accepted orthopedic treatments at the time. In her auto-biography, she 
commented on that fateful night in the Australian outback: 

A very agitated father of seven children came to me with the appalling announcement that 
his ten-year old son and his four-year-old daughter had been taken with what he called 
the “cow disease ” and neither of them could stand or walk. “They went lame yesterday, 
just like the cattle have been doing for the past two or three weeks, ” he explained, “and 
today they can ’t move, ”^di 

Cows are not clinically susceptible to poliovirus-induced poliomyelitis. But they were treated 
with arsenical dips to rid them of ticks, as noted in another part of Kenny’s autobiography. 

On the range itself the cattle had to be moved from time to time for grazing purposes, and 
periodically “dipped” or run through a narrow canal of water treated with a chemical to 
kill the ticks which infect the herds with the disease known as “red water ”—the arch 
enemy of the North Queensland cattlemen 

Sister Kenny was naive to the significance of these events. But today we kn ow that chemicals 
can and do produce symptoms of anterior horn spinal motor neuron disease that were, at the 
time, clinically and pathologically indistinguishable from viral polio and indistinguishable from 
what we think of as polio. 13931 , 11941.13951 

Not only could congenital syphilis be mistaken for polio, but the treatment of adult syphilis more 
than likely contributed to the statistical rise in pre-vaccine polio when copious amounts of 
arsenic-derived medications were prescribed by medical doctors. 

In 1939 the AMA lent its Seal of Acceptance exclusively to drugs approved by Chair Morris 
Fishbein. One of the heavily endorsed products was the arsenical Tryparsamide, manufactured 
by Merck under license from the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. This drug was used 
with the hope of countering the symptoms of advanced syphilis, often giving more than 100 
injections to a single patient. 



Another patient who had previously received thirty-four injections of arsphenamine, 
twenty-three injections of bismuth and seventy-six mercury rubs had a paretic type of 
serologic relapse after 104 injections of try pars am ide. 1222 

It was widely known that any type of intramuscular injection could precipitate poliomyelitis, 
especially one with toxic chemicals and irritants. 11221 Arsenic, even if swallowed, caused 
symptoms indistinguishable from poliomyelitis. 

Dr. Robert W. Lovett of the Massachusetts State Board of Health (1908), describing the 
epidemic of poliomyelitis in Massachusetts in 1907, and after reviewing the medical 
literature on experimental poliomyelitis, states: “The injection experiments prove that 
certain metallic poisons, bacteria and toxins have a selective action on the motor cells of 
the anterior cornua when present in the general circulation; that the paralysis of this 
type may be largely unilateral; that the posterior limbs are always more affected than the 
anterior; and that the lesions in the cord in such cases do not differ from those in anterior 
poliomyelitis. ”... Popow concluded that arsenic, even in a few hours after its ingestion, 
may cause acute central myelitis or acute poliomyelitis . 2222 

Two other arsenic drugs, neoarsphenamine and neosalvarsan, were well kn own to cause polio- 
like syndrome, diagnosed as polio. Reports in Germany in 1914 and 1928 on provocation polio 
by arsenic injections must have been overlooked. 11221 The AMA, Merck, and Rockefeller, despite 
warnings from the inventor of Tryparsamide regarding its danger, continued to distribute the 
drug, 11221 and polio epidemics continued to rise. 

Undiagnosed syphilis 

Is it possible that some polio victims could have been undiagnosed syphilitics? (Graph 12.1) 
Tabes dorsalis, the slow deterioration of nerves and gray matter of the spinal column, is a 
crippling symptom of syphilis that also affects gray matter of the spinal column. At the time, 
syphilis was far more prevalent than polio. Infants infected with syphilis at birth may be 
asymptomatic and may not manifest signs commonly associated with congenital syphilis. 

From a case report in 1988: 

A 54 year old woman was referred for poor balance, leg weakness and pain, recurrent 
left knee effusions, and a previous history of “polio. ” 

Since her clinical and electrophysiological presentation was incompatible with previous 
poliomyelitis, we hypothesize that she acquired syphilis congenitally and experienced her 
first symptoms of tertiary disease at age 7 years. 

Infants infected at birth may be asymptomatic and may not manifest signs commonly 
associated with congenital syphilis. Even though most features of tabes dorsalis do not 
develop until 10-25 years after primary infection, this latency may be as short as 5 
years iml in children. 

Distal weakness and atrophy may be late manifestations of tabes dorsalis, attributed to 


extension of the syphilitic process to anterior horn cells or motor roots 

Although neurosyphilis usually affects the posterior horns of the spinal cord, here we see that 
anterior horns can also be affected, just like in poliomyelitis, when there is congenital syphilis. 
This case of syphilis exemplifies how congenital syphilis and polio could have been easily 
confused. 

Morbidity of polio, then and now 

The CDC defines polio’s statistical paralytic rate and estimates that it is less than 1 in 100 for 
some sort of permanent paralytic syndrome. 

Approximately 95% of persons infected with polio will have no symptoms. About 4-8% of 
infected persons have minor symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, nausea, headache, flu-like 
symptoms, stiffness in the neck and back, and pain in the limbs, which often resolve 
completely. Fewer than 1%> ofpolio cases result in permanent paralysis of the limbs 
(usually the legs). Of those paralyzed, 5-10% [of that 1%] die when the paralysis strikes 
the respiratory muscles 


1 

Polio Morbidity 

\ 


asymptomatic 

95% 

□ minor symptoms 
+/- stiff neck 4-8% 

■ paralysis less than 


1% 


Figure 12.5: Polio morbidity. 


Prior to vaccination, Dr. Maurice Brodie reported that only 1 in 170 children with no antibody 
to polio became ill during epidemics. By these two drastically different risk estimations, you can 
see that statistics are not set in stone, nor are they necessarily a reliable indicator of risk. The 
CDC reports a 59 percent higher paralysis rate than was actually measured during a pre-vaccine 
epidemic. 

It would seem that the lack of antibody is a factor predisposing to the disease inasmuch 




as over 85 per cent of those under 5, and over 70 per cent of the 6-10 year old group 
show no antibody or only a small amount of antibody. This does not explain why in an 
epidemic approximately only 1 of the 170 children under 5 showing no antibody, and 
about the same proportion of those under 10 develop the disease. This may be due to the 
individual non-specific variation in the susceptibility of the children... 

Dr. Brodie seemed clued in to the susceptibility factor, but he didn’t proffer it any further— 
undoubtedly because he was also single-minded in the pursuit of a vaccine. Unfortunately for the 
dead and paralyzed recipients, Brodie’s vaccine was not safe even though it was, in reality, no 
more dangerous than Dr. Jonas Salk’s vaccine was in its 1955 production. Dr. Brodie allegedly 
committed suicide at the age of 36 in 1939. jt425i 

The question to ask today is, how much poisoning by chemicals and infection with other viruses 
was counted as polio in the statistics? According to the CDC, less than 1 percent of infected 
people develop paralysis, and 5-10 percent of that 1 percent suffer respiratory death. Yet in 
several polio epidemics, far more than 1 percent were paralyzed and even died. 

Sister Elizabeth Kenny in Australia reported that 6 of the 20 children in her district were afflicted 
by painful or paralytic polio. How could 6 out of 20 children in a thinly populated rural area be 
stricken with polio (infantile paralysis) if it is a viral illness supposedly asymptomatic in 95 
percent of those infected? Was it because all were exposed to chemicals? 

She went on to the house where the brother and sister were stricken. Their symptoms 
were the same. Within less than a week the inexperienced, self-appointed nurse found 
herself with a polio epidemic on her hands, affecting six of the twen ty children in the 
thinly settled district . imi 

Dr. Archie Kalokerinos was a doctor in a cotton-growing area of Australia. A prominent feature 
that he noted were all the drums of toxic cotton field spray, which the children found marvelous 
to play on when full and in when empty. 

Dr. Kalokerinos rapidly became familiar with the paralytic disease called polio. 

As far as I knew no epidemic ofpolio had been in progress. But the consultant was right 
—too right. It was the beginning of a big epidemic. In a very short space of time I was to 
become the “expert’’. I could almost smell polio from afar. 

During emergencies I was sometimes covered with sputum, urine, and faeces. At one 
stage the domestic staff refused to clean my room. The fear of catching polio was 
understandable. But I came through it all without a scratch. I guess that God was looking 
after me.® 

Perhaps Dr. Kalokerinos and all the regular staff (except one junior surfer doctor who lived life 
in the fast lane) never caught polio, either because they were naturally immune to poliovirus like 
most of the population, they were not directly exposed to the agrichemicals, or they were just 
lucky... 

David Oshinsky’s book Polio: An American Story chronicles multiple incidents of more than one 


family member dying or becoming permanently paralyzed after supposed infection with 
poliovirus. 

Polio hit the Iowa farmbelt hard in 1952. They had tested the well water—it was fine — 
and used extra DDT to drive away flies.... Nine of the eleven children recovered, two 
were left paralyzed. ...It was even worse for a family living near Milwaukee. Four of the 
six children came down with bulbar polio. imi 

All four children who were exposed to DDT died after being treated conventionally by medical 
doctors with oxygen, penicillin, and plasma. 

Wonder drugs and iron lungs and round-the-clock attention had failed to keep these 
children alive. In an era without a vaccine, it was a terrifying thought . imi 

Indeed terrifying. Doctors certainly should have known that penicillin would do nothing for a 
virus. Furthennore, any injection could be a cause of paralyzing polio (provocation polio) if 
circulating poliovirus was a factor. Did those doctors unwittingly cause the deaths of the children 
by inducing bulbar polio—the most serious type of polio that affects the brain stem? 

Were those children previously tonsillectomized, a well-documented underlying factor not just in 
bulbar polio but in poliomyelitis incidence? For poliovirus to cause damage requires access to 
the inside of the body through “peripheral nerve damage,” something which tonsillectomy 
provides in abundance. The invasive procedure of surgical tonsil removal raised the risk of 
bulbar polio, as revealed in numerous studies and reports.' 

Healthy tonsils were removed by surgeons for various financially rewarding but scientifically 
unsound reasons. Fifty to 80 percent of middle-class and upper-class children in the United 
States were needlessly subjected to tonsillectomies in the polio epidemic era. Anderson showed 
in his large group from a 1943 epidemic in Utah that poliomyelitis was more than 2.5 times more 
prevalent in tonsillectomized children than age-matched non-tonsillectomized children. The 
incidence of bulbar poliomyelitis was 16 times higher in tonsillectomized children than in the 
general child population. Forty-six percent of the bulbar polio cases had been preceded by recent 

tonsillectomy. 1 ^ 

Cunning reported in his series of 0- to 10-year-old bulbar poliomyelitis cases that the ratio of 
tonsillectomized to non-tonsillectomized was 6 to 1 . 14111 , 1416 } i n 1971 Dr. Ogra reported in the 
New England Journal of Medicine that post-operatively, previously existing pharyngeal anti- 
polio antibody titers decreased sixfold to eightfold . 11111 

The issue with how doctors treated patients in the epidemic era does not end with what doctors 
did do, but with what they refused to do. Dr. Klenner had a nearly 100 percent success rate in 
curing dozens of cases of polio (even bulbar cases) with intravenous infusions of vitamin C. He 
presented this infonnation at symposia and meetings. He was met mostly with disbelief and 
ignored. Nonetheless, he continued to cure case after case of polio with vitamin C and published 
extensively on the details of his experience . 11111 

In the poliomyelitis epidemic in North Carolina in 1948, 60 cases of this disease came 
under our care.... Two patients in this series of 60 regurgitated fluid through the nose. 




This was interpreted as representing the dangerous bulbar type. For a patient in this 
category postural drainage, oxygen administration, in some cases tracheotomy, needs to 
be instituted, until the vitamin C has had sufficient time to work—in our experience 36 
hours. Failure to recognize this factor might sacrifice the chance of recovery. With these 
precautions taken, every patient of this series recovered uneventfully within three to five 
days m 

Dr. Klenner was not the only doctor to publish on the successful reversal of severe poliomyelitis 
cases with high-dose vitamin 

Laboratory and vaccine sources of epidemics 

Nowhere else in polio’s history was there more panic than during New York City’s 1916 
epidemic. (Note the large 1916 peak on the polio curve in graph 13.1.) Dr. H. V. Wyatt 
published a document in 2011 discussing the possibility that a highly virulent laboratory- 
engineered strain of poliovirus “escaped” from the Rockefeller laboratories, causing the largest 
epidemic of polio in US history. Just what exactly could have escaped from the lab is unknown. 

The epidemic was thought to have affected 23,000 cases with 5,000 deaths through New 
England and the Middle Atlantic states, reaching Delaware, Maryland and the District of 
Columbia with a few cases in Vermont and Canada. It had no apparent connection to 
lesser epidemics in West Virginia and in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. These 
features were never experienced again. Three other aspects were not noted at the time: 
the number of children age 2 yr affected was the highest ever recorded; the case fatality 
rate of 25% was the highest ever recorded [certainly higher than natural wild type polio 
virus which is less than one percent]; the epidemic started in early May, well before the 
normal summer polio season 

At the time, the epidemic was broadcast to the public as having been started by children who 
arrived from Italy. But the immigration data does not fit with that hypothesis. Official 
immigration books show that the epidemic began before those children arrived. 

The 1916 epidemic is featured in many accounts ofpolio, but details and emphases differ 
and many are incorrect. The early cases in May in Brooklyn had not been reported, but 
were found at a later date by the USPHS researchers .^ m 

The epidemic was unique in that the virus was highly destructive to the nervous system, much 
like the Rockefeller labs cultivated “MV” strain. 

Three miles from the epicentre of the outbreak, Simon Flexner and his associates at the 
Rockefeller Institute at 63rd Street and York Avenue, near Queensborough Bridge on 
Manhattan Island, had been passaging spinal cord tissue con taining poliovirus, from one 
Rhesus monkey spinal cord to another. These experiments continued with the passage 
virus which at times was reinforced with newly acquired virus from patients... Those 
doctors had no awareness of what they were handling.... By 1916, mutants of the original 
Rockefeller virus had been selected for replication in monkey motor neurones, but were 
still capable of high levels of replication in other cells... It is a remarkable coincidence 



that a unique neurotropic strain ofpoliovirus was developed a few miles from an 
epidemic caused by a uniquely pathogenic strain of the virus... A few blocks from the 
Rockefeller Institute at Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street the 3rd Avenue elevated line 
linked at Municipal Building station to the BRT line to Brooklyn over Brooklyn Bridge 
with a stop at 3rd Street and 5th Avenue where the first case lived. However, almost 
anywhere in New York was within a few streets of a rail link to the Rockefeller Institute. 

1424 ! 

The significance of this epidemic is that it set the stage for the terror to come. Doctors and 
parents alike, after this aberrantly lethal polio epidemic, were perched for an ominous future and 
thus ready and willing to do whatever was necessary to eradicate polio. 

Many doctors of the 1940s were aware that the pitchmen of the National Foundation for Infantile 
Paralysis (NFIP) and March of Dimes were responsible for the expanded terror that swept the 
nation. 14211 Few today are aware of the intimate relationship between the NFIP and the 
Rockefeller Institute. Nearly all the researchers for the polio vaccine were from Rockefeller. Dr. 
Thomas Rivers, virologist and director, was an “unpaid consultant” to NFIP and Basil O’Connor 
(NFIP’s founder) and also served as mentor and advisor to Albert Sabin and Thomas Francis. 

Sabin developed the live vaccine that is now used in India, and Francis headed the largest public 
health experiment in history, the Salk vaccine trial of 1954. Rivers was the commandant of the 
plan to conquer polio in 1938. 14211 He is rumored to have had a serious distaste for Sister Kenny, 
as did AMA’s Morris Fishbein and NFIP’s Basil O’Connor. NFIP’s attempts to buy her and 
discredit her were, fortunately, futile. 

Synthetic poliovirus 

Today, laboratory generation of infectious virus in the absence of a natural viral template has 
been accomplished by scientists. It was funded by the US Defense Advanced Research Project 
Agency (DARPA). Dr. Eckhard Wimmer, one of the scientists involved in the project, reported: 

The empirical formula ofpoliovirus is 

C332,652H492,388N98,-2450131,196P7,501S2,340... . Placing the atoms in order, a 
particle of high symmetry emerges.... Our experiment has thus overthrown one axiom in 
biology — namely, that the proliferation of cells or, for that matter, viruses depends on the 
physical presence of a functional genome to instruct the replication process. It was 
believed that without parental genomes, no daughter cells or progeny viruses would 
arise. We have broken this fundamental law of biology by reducing poliovirus to a 
chemical entity, which can be synthesized on the basis of information stored in the public 
domain.... Just like a common chemical, poliovirus has been synthesized in the test 
tube , {A211 

Dr. Wimmer also reports that neurovirulence can be manipulated readily in synthetic 
polioviruses, though he presumes that this capability will be used for attenuation rather than for 
raising more virulent species. Either one is equally possible. 


The Cutter disaster and other vaccine blunders 


Most people today don’t kn ow about the infamous Cutter disaster. This was a virus-related 
poliomyelitis epidemic that was initiated by the use of the Salk vaccines just after they were 
rapidly developed and fast-tracked into licensure by the US Department of Health, Education, 
and Welfare. This record-breaking approval process took only two hours. 

Because of outside pressure, the licensing committee in charge of approving the vaccine did so 
after deliberating but without first having read the full research, namely the Francis Report on 
which their approval was to have been based. Dr. Howard Shaughnessy, laboratory director, 
Illinois Department of Health, testified to this event: 

Previously it [the vaccine] had been distributed as an experimental product, not a 
licensed product... the committee was asked to come to a decision very quickly... there 
was discussion of the report that Dr Francis had given, but we were not in a position to 
discuss it very intensively because we had not seen the report prior to this morning and 
the report was distributed to us after the presentation... we were pressured in the sense 
that we were told that speed was essential, and when we came up toward the 5:00 time, 
some of us felt we would like to discuss this matter more. We were told that to discuss the 
matter further it would have to go into the following week, and we would have to go to 
Washington or Bethesda and most of the members were unwilling to do so. We were in 
effect pressured into an earlier decision than we ordinarily would have made. ...It was 
part of the pressure of events, put it that way 

Dr. Thomas Francis did not issue the final report of his evaluation of the 1954 field trials until 
April 1957, two years after the licensing of the vaccine. 1 ^ At the time, public health authorities 
decreed that physicians inject the fast-tracked vaccine before those doctors knew much about the 
science or the large Francis trial. The consequences of this impulsive action turned out to be 
significant. 

The Salk invention was an injectable, supposedly formaldehyde-inactivated version of poliovirus 
vaccine. There were serious problems with the viral inactivation process that were known by 
insiders from the outset of the vaccine’s development. Any professional objection by scientists 
involved during the development of the vaccine was rapidly subdued. 1 ^ Dr. Paul Meier attested 
to the practice of firing scientists who disagreed with the NFIP’s plans. 

Jonas Salk had a paper in which he argued that all the virus was inactivated, and that 
there was no live virus left. But, the sixth lot was not listed. And so I said that something 
was wrong. He cut out data in order not to show what happened to some lots.... Well, 
NFIP did form an advisory committee. And they reformed it five or six times. Each time 
somebody didn’t agree, they dropped them and got somebody who might agree. By the 
time they were done forming the committee, everybody on it was distinguished, but very 
agreeable. 11121 

As a result of ignoring the warnings by highly qualified scientists who repeatedly and publicly 
explained why and how the inactivation process was flawed from the beginning, the vaccine 
virus needlessly infected, paralyzed, and killed children and their household contacts. 

Others Wendell Stanley, Sven Card, Enders, Herdis von Magnus and myself among 


others disagreed, convinced that the inactivation process did not follow a straight line 
and it was not permissible to extend the curve below the baseline...And I remember 
Colin MacLeod raising the question whether this was really the way to go, but that’s 
the way the matter stood, namely, “Well go ahead and make the vaccine. ” Well, the 
vaccine was made that way. Then Cutter made several batches of the vaccine, which 
upon inoculation into man produced cases ofpoliomyelitis, some of them with severe 
paralysis 

Millionaire vaccine inventor Paul Offit, a supporter of mandatory vaccinations, wrote a book on 
the Cutter incident. In the book, even he admits: 

...the disease caused by Cutter’s vaccine was worse than the disease caused by natural 
polio virus.^mi 

History books credit Cutter Laboratories for the disaster. The official explanation of the problem 
was that the live virus particles clumped into cellular debris (monkey kidney tissue from the 
manufacture) and, as a result, formaldehyde could not penetrate the center of the clump. 
Although this clumping may have occurred, it was not the major reason for the presence of live 
virus in the 1955 vaccine. 

There is a body of literature that speaks to the real cause of the problem, which was known from 
the outset of the development of Salk’s vaccine. 

Dr. Thomas Rivers, the mastermind of Rockefeller’s polio vaccine mission, hired all the 
chairmen of departments of virology. He had enormous clout, and nobody dared argue with him, 
lest their careers be ruined. Dr. Edwin Lennette had some interesting reflections in the 1980s 
about Rockefeller, Rivers, and the formalin inactivation curve: 

Well, in those days, as I should point out perhaps, things were quite different from today 
because a professor in this country, just as in Germany, was a highly respected 
individual, and you didn’t argue with him 

Dr. Lennette, talking about a pre-vaccine trial meeting of the minds in New York City in 1953, 
said: 

Tom Rivers was there, Tommy Francis, Joe Smadel, and Colin MacLeod, all of whom 
were deeply involved. These were people to whom you might apply the term “the 
establishment, ”... These were the “old graybeards” who had been through the mill of 
medical science... The question was raised as to whether the vaccine would be safe at the 
presen t level of inactivation with formaldehyde. And I remember distinctly Tom Rivers 
saying, “Ifyou put any more formaldehyde in, you ’ll make it so damn safe it won’t be any 
good. ” That’s recorded somewhere in the minutes of that meeting 

Salk and the scientists who remained on the NFIP board interpreted the formaldehyde 
inactivation curve incorrectly. As a result, live virus remained. Stubbornly, they would not heed 
the warnings. 

Salk’s basic hypothesis is false. As early as the poliomyelitis congress in Rome in 


September 1954, Swedish observations were put forward concerning virus inactivation 
with formaldehyde which showed that the inactivation curve is not a straight line but 
shows a continuous curvature. The phenomenon has nothing to do with the presence of 
aggregates; filtration does not in any way affect the shape of the curve 

There was yet another factor in the virulence of the 1955 vaccine. The vaccine used in the 1954 
trial contained Merthiolate, a mercury compound that had a virucidal (virus-killing action) effect. 
Because Jonas Salk was disappointed in the antibody-stimulating effect that the 1954 field trial 
demonstrated, the Merthiolate was removed in the 1955 vaccine to induce a faster antibody 
response in vaccine recipients. Not only was the 1955 vaccine not the same celebrated vaccine 
that was trialed in 1954, it was also riddled with live viruses of a highly neurovirulent nature— 
the Mahoney strain. 

Between April 17 and June 30, 1955, 260 poliomyelitis cases were documented after inoculation 
of about 400,000 persons with the Cutter vaccine. Ninety-four cases were among vaccinees, 126 
among family contacts, and 40 among community contacts. An estimate of the case-infection 
ratio is in the range of 1 case per 100 to 600 injected infections. 

It is a documented fact that household adult contacts did contract polio — secondarily — from the 
vaccine, 1 ^ and some became severely paralyzed. Thirteen household contacts required iron 
lungs, and five died. There were documented cases where infants received the vaccine injection, 
shed live virulent virus in the stool, and never got sick. But their mothers became very ill, and so 
did neighbors. A conservative report revealed that 39 friends and neighbors of children who 
received the Cutter vaccine were paralyzed. Many more were infected to lesser degrees. 

The newly fonned Polio Surveillance Unit (PSU) did not capture all the cases that developed 
from the domino effect of this grand mishap. The reason is that they had strict cutoff dates 
beyond which any reported polio was considered not to be from the vaccine. 

Paul Offit summarized the estimate of kn own damage: 

In the end, at least 220,000 people were infected with live polio virus contained in 
Cutter’s vaccine; 70,000 developed muscle weakness, 164 were severely paralyzed, 10 
were killed. Seventy five percent of Cutter’s victims were paralyzed for the rest of their 
lives. 

Anyone infected with live vaccine virus, whether symptomatic or not, was readily contagious 
and capable of spreading the dangerous Mahoney virus strain in their communities. It is evident 
that the viral ecosystem was forever altered by the introduction of polio vaccines. 

Looking beyond Cutter 

Here is some of what Paul Offit left out of his book. Even though Cutter Laboratories took the 
fall for the 1955 disaster, all manufacturers had difficulty killing the virus in their vaccines 
before and after the disaster.- 1 ^'Cutter was not the only manufacturer documented to have 
produced live virus vaccine that was injected into children and caused paralysis. In 1990, after 
decades of information concealment, the Freedom of Information Act led to the release of 



documents that proved Wyeth also produced a paralyzing vaccine. 14451,14441 

Wyeth and Cutter are thought today to have been the only companies that produced live virus 
vaccine; however, all the vaccine companies could have released active vaccine virus because 
the “minimum licensing requirements” 14451 set by the US Department of Health, Education, and 
Welfare were not met by any pharmaceutical company. The initial minimum licensing 
requirements established April 12, 1955, stated that “all virus infectivity is destroyed with 
certainty.” 14421 According to later documents and courtroom testimonies, this definition was not 
followed, and manufacturers were never held to such standards. In 1992 Dr. Neil Nathanson 
stated: 


Minimum requirements were meant to state the assurance that the final vaccine contained 
less than 5 tissue culture infectious doses per liter... in other words to assure that there 
would be less than one chance in 100,000 that the vaccine would contain one 
paralytogenic dose per 1,000 human doses of vaccine . 144Zt ' 

Does this sound like insurance that “all infectivity was destroyed with certainty?” A Tissue 
Culture Infective Dose (TCID) is a mathematical calculation. According to late virologist Dr. 
Wendell Stanley, a single TCID contained up to 30 poliovirus particles, and any one of them 
could have caused poliomyelitis. 14451 

There are a couple of problems associated with risk calculation using TCIDs. First, the cutoff 
choice of less than 5 TCIDs was arbitrary. Second, there is an assumption that all virions 
(complete, infectious virus particles) would be distributed evenly and necessarily be included in 
any test sample. Remember the problem with particulate clumping? According to statistician Dr. 
Paul Meier, if each virion injected did cause a case of paralytic poliomyelitis, the injection of 1 
milliliter of vaccine where the batches contain 5 TCIDs per liter could cause up to 500 cases per 
100,000 vaccinated. 14421 

The reason there was not much more paralysis among the vaccinated was because, as was 
already known, 80-90 percent of the childhood population at the time was already naturally 
immune to at least one strain of poliovirus. 14521 In his book, Dr. John Paul estimated that 80 
percent would have had some pre-vaccine antibody to the poliovirus. 14511 Anyone who was 
immune naturally would also, fortunately, have been immune to the corresponding vaccine virus. 

You may be wondering how this information was concealed from the public for nearly fifty 
years. Congressman Percy Priest ordered and chaired a full investigation of the vaccine 
controversy. He admitted in 1956 that: 

...in the previous year (1955) many responsible persons had felt that the public should be 
spared the ordeal of “knowledge about controversy. ” If word ever got out that the 
Public Health Service had actually done something damaging to the health of the 
American people, the consequences would be terrible.... We felt that no lasting good 
could come to science or the public if the Public Health Services were discredited . 14551 

So much for evidence-based medicine and scientific truth. Instead of discrediting the PSU, the 
decision was made, after some deliberation, to leave Wyeth’s paralyzing vaccine on the market, 
place the whole blame on Cutter, and ignore the ongoing problem with live viruses in the 



vaccines that persisted even after the revisions for safer manufacture were carried out. Only 
Cutter’s vaccines were recalled. All other manufacturers’ vaccines released in the 1950s were 
sold and injected into America’s children. Millions of vaccines were also exported all around the 
world. 

There were other more insidious and unaddressed problems with the Salk vaccine. Once a 
vaccine passed the minimum requirement tests showing that all the virus was theoretically killed, 

the virus was found to have resurrected on the shelves weeks or months later, even after the 
new safety standards were put in place in 1956. 

Dr. S Stephen Chapman... reported... he had centrifuged the vaccine and had obtained 
Jive virus, “more than we theoretically ever could have anticipated having... this brings 
up the problem of reactivation of the so called dead vaccine. 

The most likely explanation for this apparent resurrection is that the safety testing didn’t detect 
small amounts of live virus, and without Merthiolate in the vaccine the virus was able to 
replicate. In 1954 Salk’s trial vaccine contained a mercury compound patented as Merthiolate, 
which was used to prevent mold from growing and to prolong the shelf life. When it was obvious 
that the vaccine was not as antigenic as hoped, a decision was made to remove the mercury 
compound in the 1955 manufacture. Salk never wanted the mercury in the first place and 
protested that it ruined the vaccine, making the Mahoney strain less antigenic. 

Swedish scientists, after the Cutter disaster in 1955, began to test some of their vaccine that was 
waiting to be dispensed. They did this in response to the alarming news coming from the United 
States about vaccine-induced paralysis. Tests were done on batches of vaccine that were 
previously shown to be free of active virus. Upon repeat testing, 30 percent of the vaccine 
samples showed the presence of active virus. 

The fundamental problem was that, although required safety testing was done with the hope of 
releasing only safe vaccines, the foundational principles with which the vaccine was 
manufactured were highly flawed from the beginning. Salk’s hypothesis was false. This problem 
was never fully addressed. According to expert virologist Dr. Sven Gard, a fundamental property 
of the virus that had to do with its structure was overlooked.- 14 ^ Dr. Gard also stated that 
vaccination in the United States caused as many cases of poliomyelitis as it prevented in 
1955 .^ 

According to Dr. Wendell Stanley, the formaldehyde engendered a “tanning” effect upon the 
outer coating of the virus, but potentially left the infectious internal portion of the virus intact. 

The outer protein portion of the virus is not infective, and yet it is this portion which 
produces antibodies. In making a vaccine, the effort is centered on trying to remove the 
virus activity contained in the nucleic acid core while at the same time keeping the 
protein unchanged so that it may produce antibody. This is complicated... This results in 
a “tanning ” effect as leather is tanned, making it more resistant to anything attempting to 
pass through it... there is an intermediate stage [in the inactivation] which is reversible, 
so that there is no viral activity shown by any of the safety tests and yet after further 
chemical treatment, activity can be gained from this same material.... Virus can be held 


for many days, and in fact may years and still be able to be reactivated at a subsequent 
time... formaldehyde comes off the protein. The partially tanned virus may be altered... 
will not give a positive test at the 14th day but would prove infectious at the end of three 
or four weeks.... In addition the virus in a vaccinal suspension is not homogenous but 
contains viruses which are slightly different in character and have different susceptibility 
and ability to resist activation. 1 ^ 

Safety must be built into the method itself so that it automatically leads to a product of a well- 
defined quality. Instead of creating a reliably killed vaccine in the 1950s, companies had to rely 
upon post-manufacture safety tests alone for a vaccine that was known by all involved to 
consistently have some degree of live virus particles. Dr. Edwin Lennette, director of the 
California State Department of Health stated that, in general, vaccines could test negative in the 
lab and in test animals, yet behave differently in humans: 

You just put in some formaldehyde or whatever and inactivate the virus, and you do a few 
tests, and if nothing happens in the animal, then you think, well, we’ve got a vaccine. But 
you put it into man, who is the ultimate susceptible animal, and then something else goes 
wrong, and you’ve got a problem f m 

In subsequent years, instead of removing the dangerous Mahoney strain, American 
manufacturers continued releasing vaccines that were safer but far less antigenic. They tended to 
the problem, not by addressing the fundamental flaw, but by adding more fdtrations of the 
vaccine. Dr. Gard said: 

I am now quite confident that the whole philosophy behind the Salk vaccine ... is 
wrong, indeed. When repeated filtrations are applied for removal of “aggregates” one 
is only hunting ghosts. The effect offiltration is nothing but a gradual removal of virus, 
live and dead alike. It could just as well be substituted by plain dilution of the vaccine . im} 


PARALYTIC POLIOMYELITIS CASES IN MARYLAND 1952 -1959 

(Maryland State Department of Health Monthly Bulletin, November, 1959.) 


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Figure 12.6: Paralytic poliomyelitis cases in Maryland from 1952 to 1959. 

Even with such effective viral dilution of the vaccine and four revisions to the minimum 
requirements set forth by the government for producing safe vaccines in 1955, there was ongoing 
evidence that vaccine-induced infections continued. There were preseason polio (as in vaccine- 
provoked polio) peaks that were not present before the vaccine years. As you can see in Figure 
12.6, 1955 has the largest peak, but 1956-1959 also had preseason increases that were not 
present in 1954 or earlier. As the years progressed, these peaks were smaller, due to filtering out 
both live and inactivated virus, so the vaccines had much lower viral levels. 

A lengthy Gennan Scientific Committee report from 1 956-^^ contains graphs depicting the 1955 
preseason peak in Wisconsin, Illinois, Massachusetts, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, 
Virginia, Louisiana, Nevada, Oregon, and Idaho. 

Not all the vaccine-induced cases were accepted by the Polio Surveillance Unit. Many paralyzed 
recipients were denied validation and compensation for illness that occurred after the vaccine 
was given in 1955. The requirements for so-called accepted cases of vaccine-associated polio 
were more stringent than the requirements for reporting polio in nonvaccinated individuals. 

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For example, only cases that began in the inoculated limb were accepted by the PSU, and only 
within a very narrow timeframe. The PSU used norms that historically were not so restrictive. 
Thus, only first-generation infection cases were reported and only if they met the stringent 
laboratory validation criteria. This would have excluded chain reaction cases that broke out later. 

The Salk vaccine was anything but a lifesaver. It was known from the start to be trouble, and 
trouble it was. Wild poliovirus was never a lone or major cause of poliomyelitis. But even if it 
was, the Salk vaccine could not possibly have been a solution to ridding the world of polio. 
Nonetheless, Jonas Salk and his vaccine have been forever cast into heroism in the archives of 
vaccine mythology. 

Monkey virus contamination 

Vaccines manufactured using monkey kidneys up into the 1980s have been definitively noted-^ 1 - 
to contain a carcinogenic monkey virus that some medical researchers believe can result in 
cancer in a portion of the millions who were given them.-^ 1 Simian virus number 40 (SV40) is a 
monkey virus that has been found in several types of human cancers, including lung 
mesotheliomas, several types of brain tumors, and bone, breast, colon, and kidney tumors. 1 ^ 
Unfortunately, the controversy over the percentage of tumor specimens containing SV40 DNA 
and proteins has paralyzed the research field. Because of financial and political conflicts of 
interest, the research necessary to firmly validate the vaccine-virus association will probably 
never be done. 

This controversy was magnified by the legal implications of associating the production 
and distribution of contaminated polio vaccines to the development of human 
mesotheliomas and brain tumors. Study sections reviewers have been unwilling to 
support SV40 research citing the need to first address the “controversy, ’’yet without 
funding it is impossible to conduct studies to address controversial findings 

SV40 is known to exist in cancerous tissue, but not in surrounding healthy tissue,to cause 
extensive genetic damage in vitro (cell cultures) and to induce tumors when injected into 
volunteers-^- and rodents. However, it is not considered scientifically valid to implicate the 
contaminating SV40 viruses with these human tumors. 

An association has been found between SV40 and certain types of cancer in humans. 
However, though the virus or its DNA have been found in certain types of cancer, it has 
not been determined that SV40 causes these cancers. Finding that two events are 
“associated’’ is not the same as establishing that one event caused the other. imi 

Certain scientists who have had careers in polio and SV40 research know firsthand that 
inconvenient scientific truths can be abrogated by industry and politics. Two of the world’s most 
respected scientists in the SV40 realm, Dr. Harvey Pass and Dr. Michele Carbone, commented 
on how science was censored. 

I [Michele Carbone] wanted to have a press statement... and to be able to talk to the 
media if contacted by them. I also believe that the public and the media have the right to 
ask us any question they wish once our work has been accepted by a peer-review journal 



and that scientists should not decide what the media should or should not know... [Dr. 
Levine] told me that if I, or Harvey, talked to the press, against his wishes, we would be 
“punished. ”... Pass was shocked at the uproar, particularly the threat. “I didn 7 think 
you got punished for science. 

There are still the rare truth seekers, like attorney Stanley Kops, who continue to voice 

opposition to the claims that SV40 is no longer an issue with vaccines. 

The news article by Nancy J. Nelson repeats the current scientific dogma that simian 
virus 40 (SV40) was removed from all oral polio vaccine sold and administered in the 
United States. In a recent article, however, I have challenged this accepted “fact" based 
on legal documents and the absence of test results from at least one of the principal 
vaccine manufacturers, Lederle. As noted in that article, internal Lederle documents 
indicate that the company has not been able to document that it tested all vaccine seeds to 
confirm the absence of SV40 contamination. 

Every scientist who is attempting to determine the role of SV40 as a cause of cancer in 
humans and every news reporter who is interested in this issue should demand all of the 
records of both the government and the vaccine manufacturer so that there can be a full 
scientific and independent investigation as to whether there was full compliance with the 
removal of SV40 from all oral polio vaccine used in the United States from 1962 until 
2000 .14ZU 


How a virus dubbed “the perfect war machine” 14221 by Dr. Carbone because it affects at least four 
major cellular mechanisms that either promote cancer or interfere with cancer-fighting defenses, 
could be impacting countries that continue using oral polio vaccines by the ton today, is anyone’s 
guess. How much of the abrupt rise in human cancer rates since the introduction of monkey 
products into the human population is due to SV40 will also remain uncertain due to a lack of 
precise research. 

Monkeys are still used in polio vaccine production today. According to Stanley Kops’ 
allegations, SV40 was and still is a potential risk in both the OPV and the inactivated polio 
vaccine (IPV). The IPV used in the developed world is still treated with formaldehyde, but SV40 
has been kn own since 1961 to survive formaldehyde beyond the usual 12-day minimum. 24222 
Vaccine manufacturers today cite a minimum of 12 days of formaldehyde treatment. 24241 

History repeats itself 

In India today, as the WHO tracks polio during the vaccination campaigns, reports of paralytic 
cases associated with wild-type poliovirus have declined, and AFP has increased annually, 
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The causes of AFP that have been identified are as follows: 


Poliomyelitis, non-polio enterovirus, vaccine-associated poliomyelitis (which can include 
polio vaccines), rabies virus, varicella zoster virus, Japanese encephalitis virus, Guillain- 
Barre syndrome, cytomegalovirus, sciatic neuritis from injection, transverse myelitis, 
epidural abscess, spinal cord compression, exotoxin of corynebacterium diptheriae, toxin 
of clostridium botulinum, Karwinskia, tick bite paralysis, Lyme borreliosis, myasthenia 
gravis, polymyositis autoimmune, viral myositis, trichinosis, toxic myopathies among 
others. 1 ^ 


In spite of (or perhaps because of) the aggressive OPV campaigns in India, there has been a steep 
ascent in AFP diagnoses. Nonetheless, the WFIO and its sister organizations celebrate because 
the number of documented cases of wild poliovirus-associated paralysis has declined. 

It just so happens that DDT is still heavily used in India. Despite the well-documented 
connection between poliomyelitis and DDT^ 2 ^’ 1 ^- 21 symptoms, including anterior hom spinal 
cord damage, respiratory paralysis, muscle spasm, and weakness, multi-billion dollar polio 
eradication campaigns march on. Often, an Indian child is vaccinated 15 times (or more) with 
live vaccine by age five. 

In fact, at the end of2005, children under 5 years old were reported to have received on 
average 15 doses of tOPV [trivalent OPV] in UP and Bihar, compared with 10 in the rest 
of India, and only 4% of children were reported to have received fewer than 3 doses, of 
whom 90% were under 6 months old. imi 







Pulse Polio is an immunization campaign established by the government of India beginning in 
1995 to eradicate poliomyelitis by vaccinating all children under the age of five against 
poliovirus. The initial goal for India to be free of polio by 2005 was not met. The Pulse program 
involves setting up vaccine booths in ah parts of the country; arranging employees, volunteers, 
and vaccines; vaccinating children with OPV on National Immunization Days; and identifying 
children missing from the immunization process. 

A major oversight on the part of the press and the medical establishment as they observe the 
WHO’s version of history is that massive “pulse” vaccination campaigns have done nothing to 
eliminate childhood paralysis and, in fact, there is strong evidence pointing to the likelihood that 
experimental polio vaccination is related to the sharp rise in AFP. It has been reported in the 
Lancet^ 1 that the incidence of AFP, especially non-polio AFP, increased drastically in India 
after an experimental, high-potency polio vaccine was introduced. Worse still is that children 
identified with non-polio AFP are at more than twice the risk of dying than those with wild polio 
in fection . 1Agai Isn’t vaccination really about eliminating paralysis... or is it simply to replace wild 
virus with a vaccine virus regardless of the outcome? 

Non-polio AFP rate increases in proportion to the number of polio vaccine doses 
received in each area. ... Nationally, the non-polio AFP rate is now 12 times higher than 
expected. In the states of Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Bihar, which have pulse polio rounds 
nearly every month, the non-polio AFP rate is 25- and 55-fold higher than the 
international norms.... The non-polio AFP rate during the year best correlates to the 
cumulative doses received in the previous three years... Association of the non-polio 
AFP rate with OPV doses received in 2009 was 41.9%. Adding up doses received from 
2007 increased the association (R2 = 55.6% p < O.OOl).^ 11 

The WHO says that wild polio is declining in India, but will it really be eradicated? It could still 
circulate in the future, just as it could still be circulating in the United States today. In order to 
say it is eradicated, they would have to examine the stools of everyone more than just once. 
However, they only examine the stool of those who develop paralysis—most of whom have been 
vaccinated with live vaccine virus, which often displaces wild virus in the intestine. Could the 
increase in AFP in India be the result of the release of so much vaccine virus into the population? 
Are these people getting more polio paralysis as a result of natural recombination and mutation? 

Wild polioviruses, vaccine polioviruses, and neurovirulent Cox-sackie viruses can ah interact, 
recombine, and evolve into seriously neurovirulent entitieswhy would a 
vaccine virus be stable and not follow the laws of nature, which involve the clear likelihood of 
recombination? 

The response to the rise in AFP in India by the WHO and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and 
Immunisation 1 ^ (GAVI) has been to ramp up the oral polio vaccination campaigns in recent 
years. Now some children are reported to have received 32 vaccines by five years of age. In the 
past, there was never such an aggressive effort to inoculate children up to 30 times for one 
disease by their fifth birthday. 

At a vaccinators ’ meeting in Sultangunj Referral Hospital held Tuesday, supervisors 
reported a “new ” resistance coming from the “educated middle class people” who were 



getting tired of several rounds of immunisation: one family claimed that their five year 
old child had received pulse polio vaccination 32 times. 

Just what are GAVI members trying to accomplish? Does it look like the sustainable health and 
betterment of India’s people are the main goals? Dr. V. I. Agol commented in Nature that 
vaccination against poliomyelitis might have to continue indefinitely.- 1 ^ 

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The charts (Figure 12.7) on the previous page unequivocally reveal how the rate of AFP has 
risen with the number of OPV doses. Given all the information available to scientists and 
politicians today and a century of polio literature to reflect upon, one must surely wonder... what 
in the world are they thinking? The rising numbers of paralyzed children in India deserve a better 
explanation than “It is for the greater good,” because clearly it is not. 14 ^ 

Conclusion 

By now it should be obvious that there was more to the “polio” story than a crippling virus and a 
world that was saved by a vaccine. Isn’t it strange that the reasoning behind polio epidemics in 
the United States in the 1940s was increased societal hygiene? :1422i ’- [mi ’ i422i Filth, back then, was 
thought to be protective against polio! The explanation given was that babies in areas with better 
hygiene (unlike the native people who were known to be immune without developing 
poliomyelitis) were not exposed to wild virus early enough due to societal cleanliness and 
therefore did not develop early natural immunity. 

Today India is told that paralytic poliovirus infections are a result of poor societal hygiene. Such 
doublespeak demonstrates how the tenet changes to accommodate the vaccine agenda and deny 
the true causes of paralysis. 

As of today, no programs have been funded to investigate or validate the scientific findings that 
implicate associations between chemicals like DDT and arsenic and the syndrome of 
poliomyelitis. Instead, the world is reliant upon blemished vintage research that was funded by 
the major medico-political powers of the first half of the 20th century. 

The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis was overseen by the major medical monopoly, 
the Rockefeller Institute. Vaccination continues as the sole intervention for the perceived 
problem of poliomyelitis in India and other undeveloped countries, even in the face of vaccine- 
induced paralysis, vaccine virus mutations, and obvious failures. When vaccine programs don’t 
live up to their promises, the blame is always placed on the unvaccinated, or a new angle is 
drawn to the tune of “five vaccines per child may not be enough.” By sleight of hand—changing 
the diagnosis of old-time polio to AFP—any ongoing paralysis will be covered while the dimes 
continue to roll in. 

In addition to the rise in AFP that correlates with rising OPV dosing in India, there are numerous 
reports of vaccine viruses mutating to virulence, causing polio outbreaks in China, Nigeria, and 
India. As always, the finger is pointed at under-vaccinated populations rather than at the vaccine 
itself or the myriad other causes of viral mutation. 

Apart from the resilience of circulating wild-type viruses, major problems have emerged 
as a result of intrinsic properties of the OPV. It has the propensity to escape its 
designated role as a protecting immunogen by circulating in poorly immunized 
populations, thereby evolving into highly neurovirulent poliovirus strains after 
recombination with other enteroviruses (Kew et al, 2005; P. Jiang, J.A.J. Faase, A.E. 
Gorbalenya and E. Wimmer, unpublished data). This independent occurrence in different 




parts of the world causes yearly outbreaks ofpoliomyelitis.^ 1 

We often hear that OPV circulating in poorly immunized populations is wonderful because the 
unvaccinated get the benefit. But OPV vaccines will always be able to recombine with 
enteroviruses no matter how highly vaccinated the population, and dangerous recombination 
viruses that cause paralysis will not be called “polio.” This is one way that a mountain of new 
AFP cases builds, while GAVI and WHO celebrate eradication of polio. 

Today the GAVI deserves criticism and examination of its goals. This is a time when the 
developing world needs improved nutrition, clean and chemical-free water, sustainable farms 
with clean soil, and the luxury of being free from war, famine, and spiritual persecution. If 
philanthropists want to go down in history as truly making the world a better place, is $10 billion 
best spent on vaccines? 

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $10 billion over the next decade to 
research new vaccines and bring them to the world’s poorest countries... they said the 
money will produce higher immunization rates and aims to make sure that 90 percent of 
children are immunized against dangerous diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia in 
poorer nations. “We must make this the decade of vaccines, ” Bill Gates said in a 
statemen t. “Innovation will make it possible to save more children than ever before. 

Perhaps a $10 billion decade of sustainable farming, nutrition, and sanitation would have a long- 
lasting impact on saving the children under discussion. 

The WHO’s current strategy calls for cessation of oral polio vaccination three years after the last 
report of wild poliovirus-induced poliomyelitis. 1 ^ 

It is ironic that the vaccine on which the world has depended for polio eradication will 
itself become a risk to eradication once the transmission of wild poliovirus has been 
interrupted P 3 ®- 

If WHO’s plan succeeds, the artificially immune herd stands to become the completely non- 
immune herd, as new children are born who have not been infected with wild-type viruses or 
even exposed to vaccine poliovirus. This condition has never existed in human history. Under 
these conditions, any reintroduction of poliovirus could be disastrous to this newly virgin 
population. The people of India, Pakistan, and Nigeria stand to become more vulnerable to viral 
reintroduction than any population ever before. 

During the United States epidemics, roughly 50-80 percent of the population was naturally 
immune to at least one type of poliovirus. Wild poliovirus alone in healthy people was never a 
major threat. Natural herd immunity has always been protective (recall Xavante natives). In due 
time, India’s people will have the lowest level of herd protection ever, and in the face of 
continued DDT use, intramuscular injections of antibiotics, diets high in sugar and low in 
essential vitamins, and stress, their susceptibility to paralytic disease is enormous. 

If poliovirus is reintroduced into the toxic, unhealthy, immunologically naive population—from 
residual samples stored in laboratories, some of which are highly neurovirulent (recall 1916 New 
York City); circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses; or poliovirus that is chemically synthesized 


the potential outcome is unfathomable. 


Today children are forced to submit to vaccines because the WHO and others are just targeting 
wild poliovirus and not the problem of paralysis. Once this very shortsighted goal is met, there 
will undoubtedly be future trouble. The WHO knows this and already has considered the steps 
necessary to deal with the immunologically naive population if viral reintroduction occurs.-^ 221 

History books of the future may reflect upon a disaster with this conclusion: Wild poliovirus 
should have been left alone and the real sources of paralysis pursued and addressed. 


13. Whooping Cough 


The disease is not infrequently complicated by inflammation of the lungs, and the violent 
coughing which occurs is apt to produce a harmful dilation of the lung tissue itself It is by 
no means uncommon in underfed children for the disease to be followed by tuberculosis of 
the lungs. Cases of paralysis complicating whooping cough have been reported, and 
changes in the eye due to hemorrhages into that organ produced by coughing have also been 
noted. It is thus seen that whooping cough, which is estimated killed over 10,000 American 
children in the year 1911, is a disease seriously affecting the public health and demanding 

earnest attention. 

- Dr. W. C. Rucker, Assistant Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service, 1911 

It may be questioned whether universal vaccination against pertussis is always justified, 
especially in view of the increasingly mild nature of the disease and of the very small 

mortality. 

- Dr. Justus Strom, 1960 

Most cases of whooping cough are relatively mild. Such cases are difficult to diagnose 
without a high index of suspicion because doctors are unlikely to hear the characteristic 
cough, which may be the only symptom. Parents can be reassured that a serious outcome is 
unlikely. Adults also get whooping cough, especially from their children, and get the same 

symptoms as children. 

- Douglas Jenkinson, 1995 

Because whooping cough was once a devastating disease in a large proportion of children, a 
campaign to develop a vaccine was undertaken, but not until after deaths had already fallen to 
historic lows in the 1940s. From its peak in the 1800s, whooping cough deaths had declined by 
more than 99 percent before a vaccine was in widespread use. 

The national vaccination program began in the United States in the late 1940s and in England by 
1957. 

Adverse events 

Very early on, there were indications of problems. A 1946 article discussed twin boys aged 10 
months (D. M. and G. M.) who both died on June 19, 1945, after receiving their second injection 
of diphtheria and pertussis vaccine. 

After the second immunizing injections, both infants cried considerably on reaching 
home; they vomited and consumed excessive amounts of water, each taking about two full 




bottles. They then “feel asleep ” and when next noticed by their parents appeared 
“lifeless. ”... At 11:30 p. m. when his diaper was changed, he was found to be ice cold 
and wringing wet with perspiration. The parents explained that they regarded these 
symptoms as expected effects of the injections and therefore did not summon medical aid 
until 5:30 a.m., when D. M. appeared to be dead and G. M. gravely ill . { ^ m 

A 1948 article in Pediatrics discussed cases of brain damage following use of the vaccine. The 
article is hauntingly similar to the large number of cases of autism that would escalate decades 
later. The children, mostly boys, had been developing normally and showed no problems prior to 
receiving the vaccine. They manifested “acute cerebral” symptoms within hours of injection. A 
regression or “failure of further development” occurred afterwards. 

Inspection of the records of the Children’s Hospital for the past ten years has disclosed 
15 instances in which children developed acute cerebral symptoms within a period of 
hours after the administration of pertussis vaccine. The children varied between 5 and 
18 months in age and, in so far as it is possible to judge children of this age range, were 
developing normally according to histories supplied by their parents. None had 
convulsions previously... Twelve of the children were boys and three were girls, a sex 
difference also encountered in relation to other substances, such as lead, causing gross 
injury to the developing nervous system. At inoculation time, the children varied in age 
between 5 and 18 months. Developmental data were obtained in detail on all but two of 
the children, whose mothers simply stated that they had developed normally. Reference to 
the case histories showed that such objective activities such as sitting, walking, and 
talking had appeared in many of the children prior to the inoculations; and the 
regressions or failure offurther development occurred after the encephalopathies [any 
disease or symptoms of disease referable to disorders of the brain] in several instances. 

In so far as it was possible to judge none of the children were defective prior to their 
acute illness . imi 

The authors discussed these children’s cases at length. At the end of their paper, they conclude 
that the risk of the vaccine seems too great if the only thing to be avoided was “the average 
attack of pertussis.” At the time of their paper, death from whooping cough had become 
relatively rare. 

In common with many other biologic materials usedparenterally [not by mouth], an 
important risk of encephalopathy attends the use ofprophylactic pertussis vaccine... The 
universal use of such vaccine is warranted only if it can be shown to be effective in 
preventing encephalopathy or death from pertussis itself in large groups of children. If 
avoidance of the inconvenience of the average attack ofpertussis is all that is expected, 
the risk seems considerable. Efforts to diminish the hazard by modification of the vaccine 
or new methods of administration seem indicated 

As use of the DTP vaccine widened, reports in medical journals that focused on the serious 
consequences from the vaccine also became more common. Even though some authors 
determined that there were no problems or that they were rare, others reported significant 
neurologic damage. In 1958 Dr. Berg reported on a case of mental retardation following the use 
of the vaccine. 


A case is reported of an 8-months-old normal child who, within 24 hours of a combined 
diphtheria-pertussis inoculation, became pyrexial [with fever], drowsy, and hypotonic. 
Convulsions and evidence of mental deterioration followed rapidly. At 3 years of age 
convulsions still persisted and mental retardation was gross. (I.Q. = 23). Lmi 

Dr. Berg noted that, although some recovered after a serious reaction, others were left with 
pennanent damage or died. 

Since Madsen (1933) first drew attention to the possibility of serious consequences 
following active immunization against whooping-cough, reports of neurological sequelae 
[secondary consequences] of such immunization have come from various parts of the 
world. These sequelae have ranged from transient convulsions with complete recovery 
to gross crippling, mental retardation, and death f 221 

Since whooping cough had become much milder and there was an increased risk of neurologic 
complications from vaccination, the necessity of vaccination at all was intermittently called to 
question. For example, this 1960 paper by Dr. Justus Strom, once again questioned the idea of 
universal vaccination. 

In the light of these circumstances the attitude to vaccination cannot be the same in all 
countries. When there is a risk, and when the neurological complications may either be 
fatal or lead to serious consequences for the individual and the family, the situation needs 
to be reconsidered. Thus it may be questioned whether universal vaccination against 
pertussis is always justified, especially in view of the increasingly mild nature of the 
disease and of the very small mortality. I am doubtful of its merits at least in Sweden, 
and I imagine that the same question may arise in some other countries. We should also 
remember that the modern infant must receive a large number of injections and that a 
reduction in their number would be a manifest advantage 

Dr. Strom detailed the neurologic problems after vaccination and noted that complications were 
higher from vaccination than from naturally acquired disease. 

In Sweden, as in several other countries, neurological complications after pertussis 
(triple) vaccination have been observed. A nation-wide investigation showed that 36 
cases of such complications had occurred in about 215,000 vaccinated children (1 in 
6,000) during 1955-8. Most of these consisted of convulsions, coma, or collapse, and the 
children were restored to health; but there were four deaths, of which two were sudden, 
and nine cases indicative of encephalopathies with severe lesions (1 in 17,000). An 
investigation of the incidence of neurological complications after pertussis [natural 
disease] showed that this was not so high as after vaccination . Lmi 

Dr. Strom was not the only professional calling for discontinuation of pertussis vaccination. In 
1981 Dr. Gordon Stewart stated that vaccination was not justified because most cases of 
whooping cough were mild and recovery provided lasting immunity. 

In the United Kingdom and in many other countries, whooping cough (and measles) are 
no longer important causes of death or severe illness except in a small minority of infants 
who are usually otherwise disadvantaged. In these circumstances, I cannot see how it is 


justifiable to promote mass vaccination of children everywhere against diseases which 
are generally mild, which confer lasting immunity, and which most children escape or 
overcome easily without being vaccinated.^ 

In 1979 four infants died within 24 hours of receiving a specific lot of the DTP vaccine. A report 
noted that the vaccine had been tested before its release and that the tests were found to be 
“satisfactory.” 

On March 9, 1979, the Tennessee State Department of Public Health reported to CDC 4 
deaths in infants 2 to 3 months of age who had received within 24 hours of their deaths a 
dose of DTP vaccine from a single lot, No. 64201, manufactured by Wyeth Laboratories, 
Inc.... Autopsies were performed on 2 children, and all 4 deaths were listed as 
unexplained sudden infant deaths on the death certificates ... An investigation of 
unexplained sudden infant deaths in Tennessee during the periods August 1977 through 
March 1978 through March 1979 revealed 74 and 77 deaths, respectively ... Eight deaths 
had occurred within 1 week of vaccination in the 1978-79 period; 2 were recorded in the 
1977-78. Of the 151 infants who died suddenly, the proportion who had received DTP 
immunization in public clinics was significantly higher for the 1978-79 period 

On March 11, just a couple of days after the report, Tennessee withdrew lot No. 64201 from 
public clinics within that state. The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on March 
21 stated that Wyeth Laboratories withdrew this bulk lot from further distribution and use in the 
United States. It was not specified if that lot was destroyed. 

A follow-up report confirmed that 4 deaths occurred within 24 hours after receipt of vaccine 
from lot 64201. The report also noted that among the data on 114 children who died at 6 weeks 
of age or older, there was a significantly higher proportion “who had ever received DTP 
immunization.” An editorial note concluded that there was no suggestion of greater risk of 
sudden deaths with other DTP lots and that the “cluster of deaths in Tennessee in possible 
association with 1 particular lot of DTP vaccine should not interfere with current recommended 
childhood immunization practices.” 15221 

Most medical experts continued to ignore these reports and insisted that the vaccine only rarely 
led to neurologic problems. To them, any encephalopathy was thought to be a mere coincidence 
that would have occurred even without the vaccine. Most authorities concluded that permanent 
brain damage as a result of DTP was a myth. As had occurred with the smallpox vaccine years 
earlier, there was a medical bias against admitting that a heavily promoted medical procedure 
was actually harmful. 

Fortunately, there were a few scientists who carefully examined the issue and honestly sought to 
detennine if the adverse outcomes were related to the DTP vaccine. A 1974 study stated that the 
association between the vaccine and neurologic illness was not mere chance. 

We do not think, however, that the majority of cases we report here represent a chance 
association because of the clustering of illness in the 7 days after inoculation, and 
particularly in the first 24 hours. This clustering is outstanding in the records of the 
Department of Neurology where there has been a sustained attempt to document both the 


date of onset of all neurological illness and also the timing of inoculations. It is assumed 
that the pertussis component is responsible because the reactions described after DTP 
inoculation are similar to those seen after pertussis vaccine alone. 222 

In order to placate the concerns over the vaccine and determine if they were significantly toxic, a 
test using mice was developed. This crude test attempted to determine vaccine safety simply by 
measuring weight loss and “vaccine-related” deaths. 

Vaccine is tested for toxicity by the mouse weight gain test. For this test, 14- to 16-g mice 
are injected... at the end of 72 hours, the average weight per mouse may be no less than 
the average weight of the mice before injection... at the end of seven days there may be 
no more than 5% vaccine-related deaths of mice in all the toxicity tests performed. 222 

Although that was the accepted standard test for safety, a 1962 Eli Lily report showed that there 
was no relationship between that mouse toxicity test and neurologic damage in children. 

It is obvious that severe neurologic reactions have occurred in children after 
immunization with pertussis vaccines which have passed the toxicity and potency tests 
currently in use... It was clear that there was no correlation between the mouse toxicity 
test and the reaction rates in children . 2M 

The debate regarding neurologic damage from the vaccine continued. Many still contended that 
the risk was low; however, in 1977 Dr. Gordon Stewart wrote that the risk from getting the 
vaccine was greater than contracting whooping cough. 

Because of the national deficit in epidemiological data and in intelligence, it is 
impossible to estimate the prevalence of the pertussis reaction syndrome or of subsequent 
brain damage and mental defect. It is unlikely to be lower than 1 in 60,000, but it might 
be as high as 1 in 10,000, or in its transient form, still higher. If it is 1 in 20,000 then at 
least 30 children will suffer permanent brain damage in the U.K. each year and many 
more might be started, early in life, on the early stages of an organic dementia which, in 
its ultimate form, has the features of a demyelinating disease and cerebral atrophy. This 
risk far exceeds the present risk of death or permanent damage from whooping-cough 
or even, in some parts of the country, the chance of contracting it. 222 

A 1983 study stated that reactions of some type were common and that convulsions occurred in 
approximately 1 in 1,750 vaccinations. 

...pertussis vaccine has been noted to be reactogenic, with minor reactions occurring in 
50 to 60% of vaccine recipients and convulsions and hypotonic-hyporesponsive episodes 
occurring in approximately 1:1,750 immunizations. Encephalopathy has been variously 
estimated to occur in from 1:6,500 to 1:510,000 vaccines. 11121 

This 1980 report tied the use of the DTP vaccine to seizures. The author noted that these severe 
damages were especially abominable because they originated from a medical treatment 
performed on perfectly healthy children. 

...since there is a significant difference between the incidence of spontaneous fits in 


children of the same age group and the incidence after DTP, a causal relationship 
between the DTP and the seizures appears to be confirmed...the severe damages are 
particularly tragic as they are iatrogenic [medically caused] and in most cases affect 
primarily completely healthy children 

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) was established in 1970 as an independent nonprofit 
organization that worked outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to 
decision makers and the public. The 1985 IOM report of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences 
reported on the problem of adverse reactions to the whole-cell pertussis vaccine. The panel 
estimated that there were 17,994,600 doses of whole-cell vaccine given each year. The result was 
7,197,840 cases of minor reactions, 10,283 convulsions, 164 cases of encephalitis, and 58 cases 
of chronic disability, with costs running into the millions. The panel also estimated that the 
whole-cell DTP caused two to four deaths per year. 1 ^ 

As a result of their findings, the IOM recommended a switch to the acellular version, or DTaP, 
which contained inactivated pertussis toxin (PT) and, depending on the manufacturer, one or 
more other bacterial components. The hope was that it would greatly reduce the number of 
reactions by virtue of being a less antigenic substance. 

Even after the IOM’s objective report, most officials continued to believe that serious reactions 
were very rare. But in 1991, Professor Wolfgang Ehrengut, a former director of the Institute of 
Vaccinology and Virology in Hamburg, Gennany, wrote that there was a strong bias against 
believing that central nervous system (CNS) complications followed whooping cough 
vaccination. His 35 years of studying whooping cough’s post-immunization complications 
qualified him as an expert. 

In conclusion I am convinced that pertussis CNS complications are a reality and they 
are, in my view, under-estimated. The controversy on the legal acceptance of the 
existence of pertussis vaccine encephalopathy has found its end . £ ^ 

The primary concern continued to focus on encephalopathy after vaccination. In 1992 analysis of 
the DTP vaccine showed a connection with encephalopathy whereas the DT shot did not. 

Significant associations were revealed between encephalopathy and receipt of the DTP 
vaccine less than 7 days before onset of illness or between encephalopathy and receipt 
of measles vaccine within 7-14 days prior to onset of illness, but no association was 
detected prior to DT vaccination 

The 1993 “Parent’s Guide to Childhood Immuni z ations” published by the CDC promoted the 
idea that although there could be a reaction to DTP, possible brain damage had “not been 
proven.” The possibility of death from the vaccine was not mentioned. Previous studies, 
including the 1985 Institute of Medicine report showing 10,300 seizures, 164 cases of 
encephalitis, 60 cases of chronic disability, and 2 to 4 deaths each year from DTP, must have 
been missed by CDC’s authors. 

About 1 child in 100 may ay for a long time (3 hours or more) after getting the shot. 
About one in 1,750 shots a child will have complications. Also, about one child in 1,750 
shots may become limp or pale afterwards. These side effects are not long-lasting and 


have not been known to cause any permanent harm... Permanent brain damage has been 
reported on rare occasions after a child has been vaccinated with DTP. However, most 
experts believe that a connection between DTP and brain damage has not been proven. 

{ 517 } 


Evidence of the danger from whole-cell DTP vaccines mounted. Another major report by the 
Institute of Medicine published in 1994 confirmed that there was a relationship between the DTP 
vaccine and encephalopathy. 

Evidence is consistent with a causal relation for acute encephalopathy, shock and 
“unusual shock-like state. 

Most developed countries use the acellular vaccines, but the whole cell vaccine is still used 
throughout the world. 

Risk of death from pertussis: History and complete data 

The views of Dr. Stewart and other doctors with similar thinking were still in the minority. Those 
who conceded that the historic severity of whooping cough was unchanged concluded that the 
benefits of the vaccine somehow must outweigh the risks. This erroneous assumption was based 
in part on an illusion that the introduction of the vaccine caused the reduction in whooping cough 
deaths. A lengthy study on whooping cough and the whooping cough vaccine was published in 
1988 in Pediatrics. The very first paragraph of the paper states the following. 

In the United States, pertussis has been successfully controlled by routine mass 
immunization of infants and children. In the prevaccine era, there were 115,000 to 
270,000 cases of pertussis and 5,000 to 10,000 deaths due to the disease each year. 
During the last 10 years, there have been 1,200 to 4,000 cases and five to ten deaths per 
year && 

That paragraph set the tone for the rest of the article by indicating that thousands of people died 
each year from whooping cough, but after the DTP vaccine was introduced, very few died. 
Anyone who believed this statement would, of course, believe in the benefit of the vaccine. 

The authors reference a document titled “Historical Statistics of the United States Colonial Times 
to 1957.” From this paper, it was clear that between 1900 and 1934, anywhere from 5,000 to 
roughly 10,000 people died each year from whooping cough. Another document from the CDC 
also showed that from about 1970 to the time of the study in 1988, there were approximately 5 to 
10 annual deaths from whooping cough. So, in fact, the authors’ statement is true. However, it 
was based on selective data and did not represent the full picture. 

In order to examine an issue, it is important to ask the right questions. The title of the paper, 
“Report of the Task Force on Pertussis and Pertussis Immunization,” implies that the focus is on 
vaccination. The opening paragraph indicates that the vaccine was the only factor in the decline 
of mortality from whooping cough. 

Using the authors’ reference documents, it is clear that the most marked decline in 
deaths from whooping cough occurred before the introduction of the vaccine in the late 


1940s (Graph 13.1). Looking at percent decline from peak, the authors ’ data shows that 
the death rate from whooping cough in the United States had already fallen by 
approximately 92 percent before the vaccine was in widespread use and that the vaccine 
had no appreciable effect on the downward trend. 

Graph 13.1 (below): United States whooping cough mortality rate from 1900 to 1957. 














Graph 13.1 (above): United States whooping cough mortality rate from 1900 to 1957. 


Data from England and Wales is even more impressive, showing that the death rate from 
whooping cough had dropped by more than 99 percent before the use of the vaccine. The belief 
that vaccination was instrumental in the decline of death is not supported by the data. Yet 

when reading the Pediatrics paper, the reader—a doctor—would have accepted the belief that 
the vaccine was the only factor. 

This explains the behavior of doctors and their fear of pertussis as it drives them to push the 
vaccine even on those who don’t want it. Doctors do not receive unbiased information in medical 
school or during their careers. In order for doctors to leam the full truth, they have to seek it and 
then deal with the resultant cognitive dissonance. It is very difficult to continue practicing 
medicine under conventional dictates once that truth is accepted. 

A thorough examination of the complete official data shows an obvious and dramatic drop in 
whooping cough deaths between 1902 and 2008. The DTP vaccine coverage rate was officially 
recorded in England starting in 1970. But by 1957, when vaccination began on a national scale, 
deaths from whooping cough had already all but vanished (Graph 13.2 and Graph 13.3). 

Graph 13.2 (below): England and Wales whooping cough mortality vs. DTP vaccine coverage from 1901 to 

2008. 


























Graph 13.2 (above): England and Wales whooping cough mortality vs. DTP vaccine coverage from 1901 to 

2008. 


Granh 13.3 (belowl: England and Wales whooping cough mortality vs. DTP vaccine coverage from 1930 to 

2008. 





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Graph 13.3 (above): England and Wales whooping cough mortality vs. DTP vaccine coverage from 1930 to 

2008. 

Because of the lower number of deaths in a country the size of England, it is difficult to 
determine the effect the vaccine may have had, or not had, on mortality prevention (Graph 13.4). 
However, authors of a 1984 article note that although there was a dramatic decline in vaccination 
rates in England in the mid-1970s to mid-1980s, there was not an increase in the number of 
deaths. 


The 1974-5 outbreak of whooping cough in England affected a population in which 80% 
of the children had been immunised against pertussis. At that time fears about whooping 
cough vaccine caused a dramatic fall in immunisation rates and in consequence a large 
increase of notifications. Despite this increase the number of deaths has not risen and 
it has been suggested that the disease may now be less sever 

Graph 13.4 (below): England and Wales whooping cough mortality vs. DTP vaccine coverage from 1970 to 

2008. 



















Graph 13.4 (above): England and Wales whooping cough mortality vs. DTP vaccine coverage from 1970 to 

2008. 

A study published in 1984 determined that there had actually been a decrease in whooping cough 
hospital admissions and deaths after vaccination rates declined. This result was the exact 
opposite of what should have happened as a result of declining vaccination rates—if the vaccine 
was truly preventing serious disease. 

Since the decline in pertussis immunisation there has been an unexpected fall in 
whooping cough admissions and death rates—a fall that has affected children of all ages 
and vaccination status. 

In Sweden, examinations in 1978 showed that 84 percent of children who were verified to have 
pertussis had previously received three doses of vaccine. As a result, the whole-cell DTP vaccine 
was deemed ineffective. Combined with the concerns over its safety, the Swedish health ministry 
recommended discontinuation of the whooping cough vaccination in 1979. 

In 1978, 5,140 bacteriologicallv verified cases of pertussis were reported to the National 
Bacteriological Laboratory, Stockholm. Investigation of a subsample showed that out of 
620 children aged 1-6years with the disease, 521 (84%) had received three injections of 
pertussis vaccine. Another investigation disclosed that 84%> of 38,015preschool children 
born during 1974-8 in various regions of Sweden had been given three injections of 
pertussis vaccine... Since the Swedish-made pertussis vaccine evidently lacked protective 
effect, vaccination was stopped in 19794 5251 

...confidence in the vaccine was so damaged that it was progressively reduced in potency 
and finally, in 1979, withdrawn on the grounds it was both ineffective and possibly 
unsafe. The incidence of pertussis in Sweden is now returning to that before the 
immunization era, although the clinical disease is reported to be mild . 15221 

A 1995 letter from Victoria Romanus at the Swedish Institute of Infectious Disease Control 
indicated that deaths from whooping cough remained near zero. Sweden’s population was 
8,294,000 in 1979 and 8,831,000 by 1995. From 1981 to 1993, 8 children were recorded as 
dying, with the cause of death listed as pertussis. This averaged to be about 0.6 children per year 
possibly dying because of whooping cough. These numbers show that the odds of dying from 
pertussis in Sweden were about 1 in 13,000,000 even when there was no national vaccination 
program. 15251 

Disease rate decline: Fact and fiction 

The vaccine did not have much of an impact on the overall death rate, but the disease rate did 
appear to decline. How much credit should the vaccine receive? 

When I entered practice in 1921, the death rate from whooping cough was 321.6 per 
100,000 infants during their first year of life. This figure steadily declined through the 
years to reach 1.6per 100,000 by 1960 and has steadily decreased since then. The 

decline in death rate, which accompanied the decline in incidence, could have been due 



to several factors including slow loss of virulence of the organism. It has been difficult 
to prove that the use of vaccine has been completely responsible for this diminished 
incidence. 

Even though the vaccine may impart some small degree of antibody protection to a select few of 
the numerous antigens and toxins, the biased way in which children were tested could have 
played a role in the decreased recorded incidence and inflated reputation of the vaccine. 15211 In 
2012 Dr. Jenkinson commented that pertussis really never went away. 

The increase in reported cases coincides with similar increases in the US and Australia. 

A large proportion of this increase is probably the result of better recognition and 
diagnosis. My data provide good evidence that it never went away. What went away was 
the ability of doctors to recognise it, and in the absence of a practicable diagnostic test, 
official figures fell... feedback from people who have had whooping cough indicates 
that, in the past five years, doctors in the UK, US, and Australia have become more 
willing to consider the diagnosis in adults. This coincides with the wider availability of a 
practicable blood test... I think the Health Protection Agency should be cautious when 
using its own possibly flawed data 

Official statistics have shown a decrease in the incidence of whooping cough; however, the 
disease is still widespread. In a 1996 seminar on pertussis and pertussis vaccination, Dr. Paul 
Fine noted just how difficult it can be to diagnose whooping cough. He also pointed out that, 
because there is a strong belief in vaccination, the bias among doctors and nurses cannot help but 
skew the results to overestimate vaccine efficacy. 

I think diagnosing pertussis is difficult. I know that there is one of the world’s pertussis 
experts in this room right now, medically qualified, whose own child coughed for six 
weeks before a diagnosis of pertussis was even thought about... I wonder how much 
we ’re missing out there 

A prolonged cough in adolescents and adults may be the only symptom of whooping cough. 
Many people do not seek medical care for this annoying cough. When they do visit a doctor, 
their illness is often not diagnosed as whooping cough, in part because the medical community 
perceives it to be a childhood disease that is controlled by vaccination. 

Doctors often do not consider whooping cough in children who are fully vaccinated or in the 
older population. Official statistics on incidence do not reflect the true amount of circulating 
whooping cough in persons of all ages. 

Data generated during the last 15 years suggest that the circulation of B pertussis is 
occurring in adolescents and adults and is manifested by prolonged cough illnesses, 
which most often go unrecognized as pertussis . i ^ m 

Recent epidemiologic studies have shown that the incidence and prevalence of Bordetella 
pertussis infection in adults are much greater than previously reported. In studies of 
adults with chronic cough, 20 to 25 percent were found to have serologic evidence of 
recent B. pertussis infection. How-ever, pertussis is rarely considered in adults because 
the signs and symptoms are nonspecific . 25122 


Reports are highest during peak epidemics, partly due to increased cases but mostly due to 
enhanced awareness and community anxiety that is stoked by the media. Many parents are full of 
dread and doom, only to find out that the medical system’s offer of antibiotics does nothing to 
alter the severity of the cough and to later discover the much greater power of vitamin C 
treatment, which they often use on their subsequent children. 

There was another contribution to the period of perceived decline in whooping cough, and that 
involved a policy change in the 1990s. Similar to what happened with polio in 1954, the case 
definition of whooping cough was refined in the 1990s, eliminating many cases that would 
have previously been tagged as pertussis. 

At the time of the pediatric diphtheria and tetanus toxoid and acellular pertussis (DTaP) 
vaccine efficacy trials in the early 1990s, it was hoped that a universal case definition 
could be developed so that the results of the various trials could be compared. To this 
end, the World Health Organization (WHO) case definition was developed. The primary 
case definition required laboratory confirmation and 21 days of paroxysmal cough. I was 
a member of the WHO committee and disagreed with the primary case definition because 
it was clear at that time that this definition would eliminate a substantial number of 
cases and therefore inflate reported efficacy values 

Broken promises 

As had been the promise with all vaccines at their inception, there was an expectation that 
vaccinated people would be protected for life against whooping cough. 

The primary course of pertussis vaccination is considered sufficient to confer lifelong 
protection... 

Just as the promise of lifelong protection for the other vaccines was never met, it was unmet for 
whooping cough. It is not readily admitted that vaccination provides inferior immunity, but today 
it is generally recognized that vaccination does not produce lifelong immunity. 

Immunity after [natural] clinical disease is believed to be relatively complete and 
permanent. Second attacks were documented in the prevaccination era but apparently 
were uncommon 

The limited data available on the duration of pertussis vaccine-induced immunity suggest 
that vaccinated persons become susceptible to pertussis disease approximately 5-10 
years following vaccination 

Experience has shown that the vaccine’s efficacy degrades over time. Early studies on the more 
antigenic whole-cell DTP vaccine indicated that immunity had all but faded in as little as 12 
years. 


The efficacy of pertussis vaccine remains controversial. Social, cultural, nutritional, and 
therapeutic changes occurred concomitantly with vaccine introduction and partially 


account for the declining incidence. However, most authors agree that the vaccine is 
protective, although the relative contribution to control remains undocumented... The 
acceptance of significant risks associated with pertussis vaccine is further complicated by 
evidence that immunity is not sustained. Susceptibility to pertussis 12 years after 
immunization may be as high as 95%, as noted in an epidemic among hospitalized 
personnel in Cincinnati 

A 1993 whooping cough epidemic demonstrated that the illness had shifted from younger to 
older children. Those who had received the appropriate number of vaccines still became infected. 

In the 1993 pertussis epidemic in Cincinnati there was a dramatic shift in the age 
distribution ofpatients from infants toward older immunized children, adolescents, and 
adults. Most disturbing was the occurrence of epidemic pertussis among children who 
were appropriately immunized for their age. {MZl 

A 2007 study in adults showed that the acellular DTaP vaccine-induced antibodies wane 
significantly after just one year. 11111 In 2004 Dr. Cherry published results from a prospective trial 
involving 1,793 adolescents and adult subjects who received acellular pertussis vaccines. Only 
20 percent had measurable concentrations of IgG antibodies to pertussis toxin after one 
month. Other less specific antigens were also low, at 68, 59, and 39 percent for filamentous 
hemagglutinin, pertactin, and fimbriae types 2 and 3, respectively. 12121 According to the author, 
antibody to pertussis toxin is specific for past infection with Bordetella pertussis (B. pertussis), 
whereas antibody to FHA, PRN, and FIM can also be due to infection with other Bordetella 
species. In addition, antibody to FHA may also be the result of cross-reacting antibodies to 
Mycoplasma pneumoniae proteins and other unidentified agents. Thus, anti-pertussis antibody is 
the most specific antibody measured, and those levels were the lowest of all after only one 
month. 11121 

But the story is even more complicated because, even if antibodies are generated, this does not 
mean bacteria will be killed. According to Weingart, booster immunization of adults with 
acellular pertussis vaccines does not necessarily increase bactericidal activity over 
preimmunization levels. 11111 Instead of recognizing the futility in trying to control this endemic 
disease with vaccines, the conclusion, even in papers that demonstrate the lack of effectiveness 
and efficacy, is always to vaccinate older people and to vaccinate them often. 

A very recent study by Dr. David Witt, chief of infectious diseases at the Kaiser Permanente 
Medical Center in San Rafael, California, found that the DTaP vaccine lost its effectiveness in 
children in as little as three years. 

The whooping cough vaccine given to babies and toddlers loses much of its 
effectiveness after just three years—a lot faster than doctors believed. .. “I was 

disturbed to find maybe we had a little more confidence in the vaccine than it might 
deserve, ” said the lead researcher, Dr. David Witt 

The 2012 study by Dr. Witt and colleagues showed that the majority of children who had 
whooping cough—as confirmed by laboratory testing—had been vaccinated. 


Of the 132 patients 18 years of age or under at time of illness, 81% were fully vaccinated, 


11% under-vaccinated, and 8% never vaccinated. Of the 103 individuals 12 years of age 
or younger 85% were fully vaccinated, 7%> under-vaccinated, and 8% never vaccinated. 

{5431 

Contrary to broad medical belief, the disease did not strike the unvaccinated more than the 
vaccinated as is generally expected by vaccine proponents. The highest incidence of disease was 
actually in the 8- to 12-year-olds who had previously been fully vaccinated. 

Our unvaccinated and under-vaccinated population did not appear to contribute 
significantly to the increased rate of clinical pertussis. Surprisingly, the highest 
incidence of disease was among previously vaccinated children in the eight to twelve 
year age group... Surprisingly, in the 2-7 and 8-12 age groups, there was no significant 
difference in attack rates between fully vaccinated and under- and un-vaccinated 
children... 

Some estimate that as many as one-third of adolescents and adults with a prolonged cough are 
infected with B. pertussis bacteria. This applies even to those who have been vaccinated or had 
natural disease. 

It is important to note that all 13 studies of adolescents and adults with prolonged cough 
illnesses have found evidence of B. pertussis infection. These studies have been conducted 
in 6 countries and 7 geographic areas of the United States over a 16-year period. These 
data suggest that B. pertussis infection in adolescents and adults is endemic... 

Although pertussis traditionally has been considered a disease of childhood, it was well- 
documented in adults nearly a century ago and is currently recognized as an important 
cause of respiratory disease in adolescents and adults, including the elderly. Because of 
waning immunity, adult and adolescent pertussis can occur even when there is a history 
of full immunization or natural disease... Studies from Canada, Denmark, Germany, 
France, and the United States indicate that between 12 and 32% of adults and 
adolescents with a coughing illness for at least 1 week are infected with Bordetella 
pertussis, lsm 

Why is whooping cough so widespread when there has been a vaccine available since the 1940s? 
A 2003 study showed that the vaccine was nowhere near as effective as generally believed. 
Although the vaccination rate in New Zealand was at least 80 percent, the effective protection 
against the disease may have been as low as 33 percent, which indicates that the vaccine has a 
high failure rate. 

The obtained figures indicate that in New Zealand the effective vaccination rate against 
pertussis is lower than 50%, and perhaps even as low as 33% of the population. These 
figures contradict the medical statistics which claim that more than 80% of the newborns 
in New Zealand are vaccinated against pertussis. This con tradiction is due to the 
mentioned unreliability of the available vaccine. The fact that the fraction of immune 
population obtained here is considerably lower than the fraction of vaccinated 
population implies a high level of vaccination failure. {MZl 

Much like smallpox about a century ago and measles more recently, the realization that 


vaccination is not lifelong has resulted in calls for whooping cough revaccination of eight-year- 
olds, adolescents, adults, and seniors. 

Although the current rate of immunization uptake is high (estimated at about 93%), 
Bordetella pertussis continues to cause significant morbidity and mortality. Pertussis is 
frequently underreported as although culture is very specific it is at best 80% sensitive. 
The total morbidity and mortality from infection with this organism may be greatly 
underestimated. 

The epidemiology of pertussis that nearly all physicians learned in medical school has 
been stood on its head, Dr. John Ogle said at a conference on pediatric infectious 
diseases in Aspen, Colo. It was formerly believed that infection or immunization 
conferred lifetime immunity, but it now appears that any resultant immunity is in fact 
short lived. Thus, there is a growing interest in the selective reimmunization of adults, he 
said. And, while pertussis was once considered uncommon in adults and older 
adolescents, it’s now believed that the disease is endemic in these populations, who 
actually serve as the primary reservoir for pertussis, explained Dr. Ogle, professor of 
pediatrics at the University of Colorado, Denver. Studies from throughout the 
developed world suggest 25%-30% of persistent coughing illness in these age groups is 
pertussis, he added. imi 

The frequent occurrence of mildly symptomatic B. pertussis infection in adults refutes the 
previously held belief that infection-acquired immunity is lifelong. {mi 

Protection after natural infection was never lifelong, but it can endure for 30 years, which would 
yield far better herd immunity than unpredictable, short-lived, and incomplete vaccine-type 
immunity. Either way, parents need to learn how to treat whooping cough when it happens 
because clearly it happens often in the vaccinated. 

Original antigenic sin committed by vaccination 

Before the vaccine era, naturally acquired disease usually provided comprehensive long-term 
immunity because natural immunity involves a more broad-spectrum response to the entirety of 
the bacteria and their toxins. Remember that being immune to any degree does not stop the 
bacteria from flying around and entering the airway. When a naturally immune person 
reencounters whooping cough bacteria, the body will efficiently respond and clear them from the 
system. This is not necessarily true of vaccinated people. 

The concept of original antigenic sin (OAS) was coined by Dr. Thomas Francis, who became 
well known during the Salk vaccine era when he oversaw and interpreted the results of the 
largest (and most controversial) vaccine trial in history. He explained the phenomenon of OAS 
using natural influenza virus as an example .-^ li 

First, let’s define how the body responds to natural infection. When a person gets an infectious 
disease for the first time, the body’s immune system uses its innate powers, which mostly 
involve cellular immunity. In the process, it prepares for the future. The next time that same 
infectious agent comes around, the body will use its memory of the first experience so that it can 


react faster. 


But after a vaccine, when the natural microorganism comes along later, the body will act 
according to how it was programmed by the vaccination—and that is what is meant by original 
antigenic sin (OAS). 

When it comes to B. pertussis, OAS is very important and well described. The bacteria secrete 
several toxins, one of which only emerges after the infection takes place. That is called adenylate 
cyclase toxin (ACT). Once whooping cough bacteria attach to cells in the bronchi, a gene in the 
bacteria switches on, and ACT, which acts like a force field against the immune system, is 
produced. ACT stops the immune system from recognizing the bacteria by acting as an anti¬ 
inflammatory and antiphagocytic factor. This gives the bacteria about a two-week advantage 
until the immune system wakes up to the fact that it has been duped. In the case of natural 
whooping cough immunity, ACT forms the basis of the initial immune response. That 
front-line immune response is not only critical for eliminating the first round of pertussis 
bacteria, but it is also crucial for removing bacteria upon later reinfection. 

In natural immunity, the body reacts very strongly to ACT, but because of original antigenic sin 
and the absence of ACT in the vaccine, the vaccinated are not programmed to respond to it at all. 
Vaccines do not boost antibody to this toxin, because as of yet, nobody has figured how to put 
that antigen into the vaccine. The naturally convalesced have more than 17 times the amount of 
antibody to ACT than DTaP recipients and more than 9 times than DTP vaccinated, as measured 
after pertussis infection.^ 2521 There is only a miniscule level of ACT antibody in the vaccinated, 
which is the result of the immune system’s paralyzed effort to mount a response after 
programming by the vaccine. 

When a vaccinated person contracts pertussis again, the bacteria can get a good hold because 
there is little to stop them. The immune system will not respond to ACT in the future, because 
the programming has been set by the first contact (which was the needle, not the bacteria). Dr. 
Cherry admitted as much in his 2010 paper. 

Ofparticular interest is the lack of a significant ACT antibody response in children for 
whom the DTP or DTaP vaccines failed. This induced tolerance is intriguing and may be 
due to the phenomenon called “original antigenic sin. 

Cherry later sanitized the wording when referring to the phenomenon. His new terminology, 
which pointed to the exact same problem, was changed to “linked epitope suppression.” 

In a previous study, it was observed that children who were DTaP vaccine failures had a 
blunted antibody response to the nonvaccine antigen ACT, whereas unvaccinated 
children with pertussis had a vigorous antibody response to this antigen... Linked 
epitope suppression applies as the immune response to the new epitopes is suppressed by 
the strong response to the original vaccine components. 

This was later affirmed by another doctor in the Journal of the American Medical Association. 

The lesser protection provided by DTaP, both as the initial vaccine or full primary 
course, may be due to linked epitope suppression, when the initial exposure locks in the 


immune response to certain epitopes and inhibits response to other linked epitopes on 
subsequent exposures 


Dr. Humphries: I’ve personally seen, in unvaccinated families, one child have clinical whooping cough, and the 
other children did not. When those children had their blood antibodies measured to see if they were going to be a 
risk to their schoolmates, they were measured as having had experience with pertussis by IgG or both IgM and IgG. 
In retrospect, some mothers could recall a cold-like illness, and others could not. I mention the fact that they were 
unvaccinated, not because I believe that is the reason they were infected, but because I believe that is the reason the 
children had subclinical infections that went unrecognized, and they developed immunity. 


The reason immunologists and vaccine scientists don’t talk about original antigenic sin is 
because if they had to explain to the public just what it means in principle and in practical fact, 
they’d have to explain that vaccination breaches a fundamental immunological tenet. They would 
have to admit that whooping cough vaccine immunity is vastly inferior and that vaccine 
immunity has immunologic unintended consequences in the future. As an aside, OAS was also a 
factor in morbidity of the influenza vaccinated when H1N1 infection arrived. 22 ^’ 12221 

The other reason ACT is important is that it is also a component to parapertussis. If you have 
recovered naturally from B. pertussis, you have high levels of ACT immunity that not only 
protect you from B. pertussis but also are active against B. parapertussis and, of course, you 
won’t get that from a vaccine. 

Far from being eliminated as a disease, whooping cough is endemic in highly vaccinated 
populations. It is important to understand that the pertussis vaccine can only prevent serious 
infection in some vaccinated people, but it will never prevent carriage and spread in anyone, 
vaccinated or not. Because of original antigenic sin, the vaccinated will be unable to clear the 
bacteria as efficiently and, thus, are more likely to be vectors for the disease. 

Most people believe that all whooping cough is a serious and easily identifiable disease of 
children. But the truth is that whooping cough circulates freely, often without ever making a 
peep. 


...the shortfall in reported disease was due largely to atypical, asymptomatic or forgotten 
infections. First, recent authors have estimated that an appreciable proportion (e.g. 

25%) of infections are asymptomatic (Linneman, 1979), and B. pertussis has repeatedly 
been isolated from symptomless individuals (Broome, Fraser & English, 1979; Broome 
et al. 1981; Lambert, 1965; PHLS, 1969). Secondly, given the varied spectrum of clinical 
response to B. pertussis infection, it is reasonable to suppose that some attacks will not be 
recognized as whooping-cough 

The mainstream media only reports, by and large, the supposedly deadly nature of whooping 
cough. However, in actuality, most cases of pertussis are mild and probably escape reporting. 

Rates of reported pertussis are 40- to 160-fold less than actual illness rates, and 
asymptomatic infections are 4-22 times more common than symptomatic infections 







Portraying disease as severe, whether it is or not, is admittedly done because it helps to increase 
vaccine uptake. Recent CDC PowerPoint presentations 1 ^ reveal this tactic with influenza, and 
doctors have written about it regarding pertussis as well. 

Publicity given to the more severe consequences of whooping cough has created a widely 
held perception that the disease is always severe, debilitating, and dangerous. Such a 
perception helps to encourage immunization, but if untrue it degrades diagnostic 

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accuracy... 122 ^ 

There was the fear that this would interfere with many other forms of immunization which 
are far more beneficial and important to the infant. Those who expressed their 
disagreement with the broadcast conclusions stated that it might have the effect of 
increasing the incidence of death from pertussis and urged and secured publicity of 
opinions favoring continued use of the vaccine . l ^ 21 

Conclusion 

By the mid-1900s, whooping cough deaths had declined by more than 99 percent. The fact that 
all infectious disease mortality had also declined was noted in a report by Gordon T. Stewart in 
1981. 


Historically, the dominant and obvious fact is that most, if not all, major communicable 
diseases have become less serious in all developed coun tries for 50 years or more. 
Whooping cough is no exception. It has behaved in this respect like measles and similarly 
to scarlet fever and diphtheria, in each of which at least 80% of the total decline in 
mortality, since records began to be kept in the United Kingdom in 1860, occurred 
before any vaccine or antimicrobial drugs were available and 90% or more before there 
was any national vaccine progammeJ ^ 

Instead of acknowledging the true cause for this extraordinary mortality decline before 
vaccination took hold, the medical profession embraced vaccination as a profitable and core 
medical tool. The problems with vaccines were consigned to oblivion or ensconced—and 
ultimately replaced with myth. Few ever bother to investigate or consider that anything else 
happened besides what they’ve been told. 

Vaccination is not a simple, straightforward cut-and-dry issue. It is complicated. The diseases are 
complicated and, moreover, the immune system is very superficially understood by even the 
most accomplished immunologists today. 

... “the immune system remains a black box, ” says Garry Fathman, MD, a professor of 
immunology and rheumatology and associate director of the Institute for Immunology, 
Transplantation and Infection... “Right now we ’re still doing the same tests I did when I 
was a medical student in the late 1960s... ’’ It’s staggeringly complex, comprising at least 
15 different interacting cell types that spew dozens of different molecules into the blood to 
communicate with one another and to do battle. Within each of those cells sit tens of 
thousands of genes whose activity can be altered by age, exercise, infection, vaccination 
status, diet, stress, you name it.... That’s an awful lot of moving parts. And we don’t 


really know what the vast majority of them do, or should be doing... We can 7 even be 
sure how to tell when the immune system’s not working right, let alone why not, 
because we don’t have good metrics of what a healthy human immune system looks 
like. Despite billions spent on immune stimulants in supermarkets and drugstores last 
year, we don 7 know what—if anything—those really do, or what “immune stimulant” 
even means. 



Figure 13.1: United States pertussis incidence by year from 1980 to 2010. 


Every infectious disease cannot be viewed through the same lens or measured by the same 
standard of comparison. Some, like smallpox, were eliminated by an improved hygienic 
environment. Others, like poliovirus, were fallaciously blamed for sic kn esses they were not 
totally responsible for. Some will never be eliminated by any mechanism. 

Whooping cough reports are now increasing despite very high vaccination rates (Figure 13.1). In 
fact, the disease rates, especially in young infants today, are even higher than they were when 
vaccine uptake was much lower. It wasn’t until 1978 that pertussis vaccination was required for 
school entry in the United States, but at the same time infants of age six to eight weeks began to 
be vaccinated routinely. 

How many whooping cough shots did children get when you were growing up? Now we are in a 
situation where whooping cough vaccines are pretty much a regular event, cradle to grave, and 




the incidence of clinical whooping cough today—in the most heavily vaccinated populations—is 
increasing, inciting panic where the drug-sponsored media ramps up unnecessary fear. 

In the midst of all the panic and revaccinations, vaccine resistance by pertussis bacteria is now 
emerging. The prolonged whooping cough epidemic in Australia that began in 2008 has 
predominantly been caused by a new genotype of B. pertussis. The strain was responsible for 31 
percent of cases in the 10 years before the current epidemic, but has accounted for 84 percent 
since. This represents a nearly three-fold increase, indicating that the bacteria have genetically 
evolved under the selection pressure from the present vaccine. Dr. Lan of the 2012 study has 
been quoted-^- as saying that the vaccine is less effective against the evolving strain, and any 
immunity that is gained wanes rapidly. 15 ^ Pertussis bacterial vaccine resistance has also begun 
to be reported in the United States. 


Dr. Humphries: Generally speaking, antibiotic-treated children fare no better than their untreated counterparts. In 
my experience they often fare worse. Breastfeeding makes a major difference in how well the child handles the 
infection. Infants as young as two weeks of age have fared quite well at home with the vitamin C treatment and 
breast milk alone. This makes sense given that antibiotics alter the bowel immunity and, during the dying off of 
bacteria in the gut, release even more toxin into the already toxic child. 


How futile does it seem to keep battling and essentially strengthening such a huge and 
potentially innocuous force with clumsy weapons? Properly managed, natural whooping cough is 
but an irksome nuisance that will impart true and lasting immunity upon the convalesced. 
However, through the onslaught of vaccination, the herd was robbed of its ability to efficiently 
deal with this disease. 

The future could bring a continuous evolution of vaccine-resistant strains that will no doubt 
require newer pertussis vaccines. In fact, the development of live inhaled pertussis vaccines for 
newborns has already occurred. 15 ^ You would think that one live intranasal vaccine would be 
enough to impart long-tenn immunity in a newborn. But apparently, it isn’t. This new vaccine is 
going to be added to the already dysfunctional pertussis vaccination program. 

The reason that the live intranasal vaccines can’t be enough to provide herd immunity, even if 
they could provide full-spectrum long-term immunity, has to do with how the rest of the 
population has been programmed with vaccines—committing original antigenic sin. 

Adults, whose immune systems were only primed for “back end” immunity rather than for ACT 
and numerous surface antigens, can no longer respond in any other way. So, an intranasal 
vaccine won’t give front-end immunity to adults any more than re-exposure to whooping cough 
or booster injections would. Given that booster shots don’t increase the bactericidal qualities in 
the blood and do contribute to bacterial resistance, why even recommend them? Until those 
DTaP-vaccinated adolescents and adults die, they will be the main source of carriage and spread 
in the community—whether a safe, live, effective vaccine is put to broad use or not. 

There’s still another problem with pertussis vaccines, and that is that the vaccines themselves are 
now a source of false-positive pertussis PCR tests.How do you thi nk this complicates the 
doctor’s task, and how is it affecting humanity overall, given the rampant and unnecessary use of 






antibiotics for all cases that test positive? 

The paradox is that the incidence of B. pertussis has increased again as the vaccine era has 
progressed, but mortality was down significantly long before the vaccine was deployed. The 
decline in mortality was not due to antibiotics. Conventional medical literature acknowledges 
that antibiotics do not necessarily decrease the severity of the disease, and when the drugs are 
given they are prescribed not to treat the disease but to decrease the length of contagion. 
Antibiotic treatment is believed to be effective in improving the course of the disease if started 
early. However, some studies have found that antibiotic treatment has the opposite effect and 
actually prolongs the illness. 15521 Antibiotic-treated children can have a duration of cough 6 to 11 
days longer and spasmodic cough 4 to 13 days longer than untreated patients. 15221 

If vitamin C in adequate doses was given to children, and even the youngest infants with 
pertussis, the reputation of B. pertussis as the devastating 100-day cough would fade away. 
Parents would also be less likely to fall victim to pressure by the medical system’s acceptance of 
a vaccine that imparts only short-lived and partial protection. And who would benefit from that? 

If whooping cough is commonly a mild disease and apt to be missed, what are the implications 
for clinical practice? If whooping cough was perceived as a less severe disease, it might have a 
negative effect on vaccination uptake. If more people understood that the incidence of whooping 
cough has increased with increasing vaccines, bacterial resistance is emerging, and there is a 
nontoxic treatment available, surely vaccine uptake would decline further. Since early diagnosis 
is difficult and treatment with antibiotics is not sufficiently effective. 15211 a reevaluation of the 
necessity of the entire medical approach is warranted. But that won’t happen until the “delicate 
fabric” of interlaced pharmaceutical companies, government, and academia becomes torn. The 
following conclusion from a special article by the National Vaccine Advisory Committee should 
indicate to you exactly whose best interests are at the core of vaccine policy. 

Collaboration and cooperation of government agencies, such as NIH, CDC, FDA, 

USAID, DOD, large vaccine companies, small research companies, and academia are 
essential to continuesuccess and fulfill the promise of recent advances in science and 
technology. 

Threats to any part of the delicate vaccine research and development network 

jeopardize the rapid development and supply of new life-saving and life-enhancing 
vaccines for the American people. What is the optimal size, scope, and configuration of 
the US vaccine enterprise? These questions should be debated only in the context of a full 
understanding of how the current system works and its record of effectiveness. These 
National Vaccine Advisoiy Committee recommendations will help to ensure that public 
policies take into consideration this research and development network and foster and 
sustain it to facilitate the timely introduction and supply of new vaccines . 25221 

When the function of academic research is to foster and sustain a delicate fabric of collaboration, 
no one will bite any hand that feeds them—particularly in the climate that exists today. 

To serve the public interest, government advisory committees must be independent of 
industry, but such committees cannot be relevant and effective if isolated from the 


expertise and experience of the industry, which is the principal funder of vaccine 
research and development 

Until this political triangle is broken, parents must know that the health of their children rests 
upon their own research and good judgment. 


14. Measles 


First in 1935,1 was in private practice in the coal-mining town of Bedlington, England when 
the triennial measles epidemic struck. Walking or cycling, I would visit the homes of sick 
children, and in one day would see 20-30 new measles cases. Those were the Depression 
years, and the children’s diets were decidedly subnormal. It was also the days before 
antibiotics, so that the treatment was mostly symptomatic and ineffectual. Yet out of more 
than 500 sick children under my care, not a single one died. 

- Aidan Cockbum (1912-1981), 1971 

For over 100 years, there has been a strong association with vitamin A deficiency and 
adverse measles outcomes, especially in young children. Has the time come for the medical 
community to recognize that any child presen ting with measles complications should be 
given vitamin A and evaluated for overall nutritional status? If not, what has history taught 

us? 

- Adrianne Bendich, 1992 


Introduction 

Throughout the 1800s, measles epidemics occurred about every two years in the United States 
and England. During these epidemics, some hospital wards overflowed with children, up to 20 
percent of whom died. However, by the 1960s, the deaths had dropped to extremely low numbers 
in both England and the United States (Graph 14.1). In England, the percent decline from its 
peak level reached an astonishing 99.96 percent by the time the vaccine was introduced in 1968 
(Graph 14.2). 

Before the general nutrition status of European children reached the high level it is 
today, measles infection was something to be feared... measles accounted for 11% of all 
deaths in Glasgow in the years 1807-1812. Case fatality rates were high. For example, 
during the years 1867-1872 in a Paris orphanage, the Hospice des Enfants Assistes, 612 
of the 1256 (49%) children who developed measles died... During the last century, the 
burden of measles had dropped remarkably in Europe. In Glasgow, 14.2% of children 
younger than 5 years of age contracted measles in 1908 and had a mortality rate of 5.8%. 
Even in the absence of a vaccine, by 1960, notification of childhood measles in England 
and Wales was only 2.4% and mortality fell to 0.030%, which is 17200 th of the 1908 
Glasgow mortality rate . l ^ M1 


Graph 14.1 (below): Comparison United States and England in mortality rates for measles from 1901 to 1965. 



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Graph 14.1 (above): Comparison United States and England in mortality rates for measles from 1901 to 1965. 

Graph 14.2 (belowl: England percent decline in mortality rate from peak mortality rate for measles from 

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Graph 14.2 (above): England percent decline in mortality rate from peak mortality rate for measles from 

1838 to 1978. 

In England and in the United States, the chance of dying from measles had dropped to 1-2 
percent by the WSOs. 1 ^- 

Many thi nk that antibiotics were responsible for the vast decline in mortality. For measles, 
scarlet fever, typhoid, whooping cough, and diphtheria, the overall downward trend in mortality 
was unaffected by the introduction of penicillin, which was not mass produced until 1944 (Graph 
14.3 and Graph 14.4). 

Graph 14.3 (below): United States mortality rates from various infectious diseases from 1900 to 1965. 

















Graph 14.3 (above): United States mortality rates from various infectious diseases from 1900 to 1965. 
Graph 14.4 (below): United States mortality rates from various infectious diseases from 1920 to 1955. 





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Graph 14.4 (above): United States mortality rates from various infectious diseases from 1920 to 1955. 


Word of the measles vaccine development effort was out by the late 1950s. In anticipation, by 
the early 1960s news reports emphasized the potential seriousness of the disease. This New York 
Times report highlighted the number of deaths each year from measles. 

Measles is more feared for its complications than for itself It renders its victims highly 
susceptible to other infections. It seems to nullify the patient’s resistance to tuberculosis. 
The most dread complication is encephalitis, which attacks the brain and spinal cord... In 
the United States alone, it is estimated that 1,000,000 persons a year get measles. The 
National Office of Vital Statistics reported that in 1960 there were 410 deaths from 
measles. ism 


The news report indicated the total number of deaths but failed to mention that, when normalized 
to deaths per 100,000, that number had nearly bottomed out and would likely continue to drop 
even more. The official 1960 number of deaths from measles in the United States was recorded 
as 380, with the population during that year at 180,671,000. This equaled a mortality rate for 
measles of 0.24 per 100,000. Statistics from 1963 show that, relative to many other causes of 
death, measles was extremely low. 15221 By the year of the New York Times report, the US measles 
death rate had plummeted by more than 98 percent from that peak. 

When the measles vaccine was licensed in 1963, the measles death rate in Massachusetts had 
reached zero (Graph 14.5). Similarly, in Washington State, as in other locations throughout the 
Western world, the measles death rate had been steadily trending toward zero for years (Graph 
14.6). By 1963 Washington State had a measles death rate of 0.3 per 100,000. 


Graph 14.5 (below): Massachusetts mortality rate from measles from 1861 to 1970. 





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Graph 14.5 (above): Massachusetts mortality rate from measles from 1861 to 1970. 
Graph 14.6 (below): Washington State measles mortality rate from 1920 to 1982. 


















Graph 14.6 (above): Washington State measles mortality rate from 1920 to 1982. 


In 1963 some New England states had no deaths at all from measles. During this year, the whole 
of New England had only 5 deaths attributed to measles. Deaths from asthma were 56 times 
greater, accidents 935 times greater, motor vehicle accidents 323 times greater, other accidents 
612 times greater, and heart disease 9,560 times greater. 15251 



Tables 14.1: Causes of death in six New England states in 1963. 


Cause of Death ME NH VT 

Measles 1 0 3 

Asthma 41 21 11 

Accidents 514 305 222 

Mot ° r V ® hicle 194 132 110 
Accidents 

Other Accidents 320 173 112 
Heart Disease 4,7342,9371,871 


Cause of Death MA Rl 

Measles 0 1 

Asthma 138 28 

Accidents 2,299 341 
Motor Vehicle 


CT Total 

0 5 

44 283 

998 4,679 


. .. . 714 103 366 1,619 

Accidents 

Other Accidents 1,585 238 632 3,060 

Heart Disease 23,6114,35610,30147,804 


High measles death rates are still reported in countries where children are undernourished and 
lack the vitamins and nutrients necessary to support the immune system. Yet statistics on 
measles mortality never distinguish the countries with good nutrition from those without, which 
leads the public to believe that measles is still something to fear. Child mortality due to measles 
is 200 to 400 times greater in malnourished children in less developed countries than those in 
developed ones. In addition, measles brings about consumption of nutrients in marginally 
nourished children, so they will also do worse if not supplemented during infection. 15 ^ As 
nutrition improves, complications from measles diminish. 

The safety record you may not know about 

The early measles vaccine that contained “killed” virus was an aluminum-precipitated vaccine 
produced from formaldehyde-inactivated monkey kidney cell cultures. A study from 1967 
revealed that the vaccine could cause pneumonia as well as encephalopathy (inflammation of the 
brain). 


Pneumonia is a consistent and prominent finding. Fever is severe and persistent and the 
degree of headache, when present, suggests a central nervous system involvement. Indeed 
one patient in our series who was examined by EEG, evidence of disturbed electrical 
activity of the brain was found, suggestive of encephalopathy... These untoward results 
of inactivated measles virus immunization was unanticipated. The fact that they have 
occurred should impose a restriction on the use of inactivated measles virus vaccine. We 
now recommend that inactivated measles virus vaccine should no longer be administered. 

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In addition to being dangerous, killed vaccines were very ineffective. Whatever vaccine induced 


immunity was present declined rapidly, and recipients again became susceptible. They were later 
advised to be revaccinated with live vaccine in the hope of rectifying the problem. But this 
approach only led to more problems. Those who encountered wild measles or live vaccine 
measles, after having the killed vaccine, had a tendency to develop a more severe disease, 
atypical measles. 

Atypical measles occurred because people who were previously vaccinated had their immune 
systems wrongly programmed and committed original antigenic sin.-^^ The problematic effect 
often lasted up to 16 years. 

Atypical measles was characterized by a higher and more prolonged fever, unusual skin 
lesions and severe pneumonitis compared to measles in previously unvaccinated persons. 
The rash was often accompanied by evidence of hemorrhage or vesiculation. The 
pneumonitis included distinct nodular parenchymal lesions and hilar adenopathy. 
Abdominal pain, hepatic dysfunction, headache, eosinophilia, pleural effusions and 
edema were also described. Cases of atypical measles were reported up to 16 years after 
receipt of the inactivated vaccine. Administration of the live virus vaccine after 2 to 3 
doses of killed vaccine did not eliminate subsequent susceptibility to atypical measles 
and was often associated with severe reactions at the site of live virus inoculation . {mi 

The killed vaccines were quickly abandoned. But there were also significant issues with the live 
vaccines, which were not highly attenuated and produced a “modified measles” rash in about 
half of those injected—essentially equivalent to a case of measles. Forty- eight percent of people 
had rash, and 83 percent had fevers up to 106°F post-injection. 1 ^ To temper this problem, 
measles-specific antibody was given in the form of immune serum globulin alongside the live 
vaccines. This practice blunted an otherwise obvious reaction (fever and rash) to the live virus in 
the vaccine, but had serious potential consequences. 1 ^ This will be discussed shortly. 

One of the major drawbacks in determining the problem with vaccines is that, because it is a 
scientific fact that mercury is unhealthy for nervous system tissue, the focus has been mostly on 
mercury. Unfortunately, the investigation into mercury alone is shortsighted. Measles vaccines, 
although they have never contained mercury, have nonetheless been associated with neurological 
damage. 


A similar connection was seen in 1976 when the United States mass vaccinated 45 million people in four weeks 
with the swine flu vaccine. The resultant damage from that vaccine is etched in the American psyche—most older 
adults know someone who was damaged. The official toll of people who qualified by government standards as 
having Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) was more than 200, 11 of whom died.* There was a clustering of cases in 
the second and third weeks after vaccination. The epidemic never arrived, and the ill-conceived campaign was 
labeled a fiasco. Only one person died with swine flu that year. CDC and IOM today agree that the vaccine led to 
“an increased risk” of GBS. 

One has to wonder how many of today’s vaccine campaigns would be deemed fiascos by the public if synchronous 
vaccination was carried out within weeks. 

* Phillip M. Boffey, “Guillain-Barre: Rare Disease Paralyzes Swine Flu Campaign,” Science, vol. 195, no. 4274, 
January 14, 1977, pp. 155-159. 







Aseptic meningitis, or nonbacterial meningitis, is a condition in which the layers lining the brain 
become inflamed. In the early 1990s, a mass immunization campaign in Brazil deployed a 
modem product—the highly attenuated MMR vaccine. The use of that vaccine on a large scale 
over a short period of time made it possible to detect a significant increase in aseptic meningitis 
that is more difficult to see when vaccination is spread out over longer periods. 15251 The Brazilian 
situation should be carefully considered because it afforded a unique opportunity to detect brain 
disease after the vaccine. 

The reason that vaccines are not done in “pulse” fashion to interrupt transmission is that if they 
were administered on specified days, any damage from vaccination would become blindingly 
obvious to both parents and authorities. It is much more difficult to make any connection 
between vaccines and reactions when they are given to individuals, spread out over the whole 
year, as per the childhood age-based schedule, or the gradual administering of flu shots over 
several months. Pulse days eliminate the ability of the authorities to claim coincidence due to 
“background incidence.” 

The British National Childhood Encephalopathy Study conducted in the 1970s was a case- 
control study comparing vaccination histories of more than 1,000 encephalopathy cases. 15251 The 
authors reported a relative risk of serious neurologic illness of 3.9 in previously neurologically 
normal children admitted to the hospital 7 to 14 days after the measles vaccine. Dr. Ward 
published results from a separate study in 2007 that validated these findings. 15221 

Incomplete clearance of measles vims and deranged immune responses have a kn own 
association with chronic clinical and subclinical infection. Peer-reviewed reports of vaccinated 
children have shown that residual measles vims is of pathological significance. 

MV [measles virus] was predominantly detected in dendritic ceils in reactive follicular 
hyperplastic centres in ileal biopsies from affected children, but was also identified in 
mature lymphocytes in these hyperplastic areas. This result indicates a possible 
interaction between MV and the immune response in the pathogenesis of ileocolitis in 
these children. MV may be a potential “immunological trigger ” in the pathogenesis of 
lymphoid hyperplasia and ileocolitis. Potential initiators for this type of immunological 
response are dendritic cells... The presence of MV antigen in follicular dendritic cells 
may reflect a transient stage in the progression from latent to persistent MV infection , iml 

In 1998 Dr. Andrew Wakefield published a case series 15221 in the Lancet which revealed 
regressive autism associated with ileal nodular enterocolitis in children vaccinated with MMR 
vaccines. In a bizarre move by the General Medical Council 12 years later, Dr. Wakefield’s 
Lancet study was retracted under duress. This retraction occurred in February 2010 just as he had 
published another study 15221 that revealed abnormal early neurodevelopmental responses in male 
infant rhesus macaques receiving a single dose of thimerosal-containing hepatitis B vaccine at 
birth. Among a number of neurologic dysfunctions in that study was a significant delay in the 
acquisition of three survival reflexes—root, snout, and suck—compared with unvaccinated 
primates. The manuscript was accepted, published electronically, and then abruptly removed 
without explanation. In 2010 it was printed in another journal 15211 without Dr Wakefield’s name. 
In both studies, there was no claim as to causation—just the suggestion that “further 
investigation is merited.” 


Since the attacks on Dr. Wakefield, another group of scientists has been working to address three 
valid critiques of the earlier studies: 

1. Lack of demonstration of the vaccine-strain measles versus wild measles in intestinal 
lesions 

2. Lack of validation of finding the measles virus in bowel tissue from patients other than 
those associated with the Wakefield/Lancet and Uhlmann studies 

3. Lack of demonstration of the measles virus in developmentally delayed versus typically 
developing children 

All three critiques were addressed by Dr. Stephen Walker’s group in a preliminary report in 
2006. Vaccine-strain measles was found in the bowel lesions of his series of autistic children. 55221 
That work is stalled due to lack of funding. 

A Japanese group published results showing that vaccine-strain measles is found in peripheral 
blood mononuclear cells. The group carried out detection of measles genomic RNA in peripheral 
mononuclear cells in eight patients with Crohn’s disease, three patients with ulcerative colitis, 
and nine children with autistic enterocolitis. The sequences obtained from the patients with 
ulcerative colitis and children with autism were consistent with vaccine strains.- 15211 


During a class-action case in Australia over Merck’s heart-attack and stroke-inducing drug, Vioxx, it was revealed 
that a “doctor hit list” circulated within the ranks of the hierarchy. This list contained names of the doctors who 
spoke out against the drug using labels such as “neutralize,” “neutralized,” and “discredit.” During the testimony, 
Julian Burnside, QC, acting for the plaintiff, read one email from a Merck employee that said, “We may need to 
seek them out and destroy them where they live.”* 

Also reported in the Australian were documents that surfaced in the Federal Court in the Melbourne hearing 
regarding the criminal intent of Merck staffers who admitted they intended to “stop funding to institutions” and 
“interfere with academic appointments.” Identical to the backlash on scientists who reported the contamination of 
polio vaccines with SV40 monkey virus, academic freedom was jeopardized when research exposed giant and 
potentially costly^ errors on the part of pharmaceutical companies. 

It is not surprising that research on the topic of persistent vaccine-strain measles in children with autoimmune 
diseases or brain damage has not been aggressively funded and encouraged. If parents thought that the MMR 
vaccine could result in brain damage, painful colon disease, or autoimmune disease of the liver, surely vaccine 
revenues would plummet, and the financial loss would dwarf that of Vioxx. 

* Milanda Rout, “Vioxx Maker Merck and Co Drew Up Doctor Hit List,” April 1, 2009, 
www.theaustralian.com.au/news/drug-comDanv-drew-UD-doctor-hit-list/storv-e6frg6n6-1225693586492 . 

t Merck set aside 4.85 billion USD for legal claims and withdrew the drug from the market in 2004. 


Dr. Kawashima has also isolated vaccine-strain measles RNA in peripheral blood monocytes of 
children with autoimmune hepatitis. He concluded that those children can have persistence of the 
vaccine strain in vivo for many years after vaccination, and the persistence of the measles virus 
might play some role in the pathology of autoimmune hepatitis. 15211 

Vaccine-induced measles: Off the record 


Many of today’s measles cases are not counted or recognized, because the sickness that comes 








with vaccine measles is incorrectly thought to be more innocuous than natural measles. 
Numerous literature reports speak to the fact that not only do vaccinated people have live 
measles virus that is not cleared from the body, it is shed in urine and presumably other 
secretions. 

Measles vaccine virus can be detected in urine after vaccination. 

We describe a 17-month-old child with fever and rash [fifteen days post] after measles- 
mumps-rubella vaccination. Detection of vaccine-strain measles virus in his urine by 
polymerase chain reaction confirmed the diagnosis of a vaccine reaction rather than 
wild-tvpe measles. We propose that measles virus should be sought and identified as 
vaccine or wild-type virus when the relationship between vaccination and measles-like 
illness is uncertain . 12221 

The vaccine has essentially induced cases of measles that were either benign, 12221 crippling, 12211 
or deadly. 12221 

Thirteen million doses of measles vaccine are injected each year. Those live viruses are 
attenuated, 12221 and the strains will vary from time to time in the manufacturing process, which 
means that immunity to one strain does not necessarily confer immunity to wild virus or to future 
virus. Today, reports of “modified measles” are synonymous with attenuated vaccine virus cases 
and are available to anyone who does a literature search. Reports conclude that doctors should be 
considering vaccine-strain measles infections in aseptic meningitis and encephalitis cases. 

A 72-year-old man with subacute right upper limb palsy was diagnosed with cerebral 
infarction at another hospital. However, the head magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 
scans showed no abnormalities. The scans showed an abnormality in the left frontal- 
parietal lobe, and the serum measles IgM level was elevated. Measles encephalitis was 
consequently diagnosed and steroid pulse therapy was immediately initiated. With 
widespread administration of the measles vaccine, we expect that the incidence of 
modified measles will increase in the future. Herice the serum titer of the measles virus 
should be measured when patients with subacute meningoencephalitis of unclear origin 
are identified . imi 

As this 2011 Japanese paper suggests, the problems with measles vaccines are going to get 
worse, not better, in the future. 

The data suggests that immunity to measles may not be absolute but rather a continuum of 
clinical illnesses. 12211 Some levels of preexisting antibody may protect against classic measles but 
not against mild clinical infections. 12211 Seroconversion after vaccination is no guarantee against 
developing typical or atypical measles during exposure. Vaccine immunity is known to wane to 
varying degrees, and the relative importance of waning immunity remains poorly understood. 12221 
Illness without rash is known to occur after exposure to measles, even in persons with PRN 
titers 12221 above the level thought to be protective. 12221 

Measles breaks through the most densely immune, vaccinated populations that have had two 
doses of vaccine. But it doesn’t always look like measles. It can be “atypical” or rashless. If you 
have measles virus and only two of three required symptoms for diagnosis, you could be called a 


“symptomatic noncase. 


The risks and benefits of vaccinating should be understood by practitioners advising for consent 
and parents agreeing to the vaccine. But the finer details are rarely, if ever, understood by any 
doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. 

The failed plan 

Despite the greatly diminished danger of measles, news reports in 1965 urgently called for 
children to quickly be vaccinated against the disease. Theoretical claims were made that a single 
shot would provide lifelong immunity. 12221 

The United State Public Health Sendee licensed a new, refined, live-measles vaccine. 
Although several live vaccines have been licensed since 1963—all of them one-shot 
treatments that give life immunity without serious side-effects—the new one is considered 
by epidemiologists as “the best so far in minimizing the side-effects. ’ >iml 

The plan began in 1963 with an expectation of eradication by 1967... 

Effective use of these vaccines during the coming winter and spring should insure the 
eradication of measles from the United States in 1967 . 22221 

.. .if enough of the “right” children were vaccinated. 

Measles, the “harmless ” childhood disease that can kill, will be nearly eradicated from 
most areas of the country a year from now, officials of the United States Public Health 
Service predict... Although there are still more than 12 million susceptible children, 

vaccination of the “right” two million to four million youngsters could wipe out the 
disease, according to Dr. Robert J. Warren of the Communicable Disease Center in 
Atlanta. 


Some of the major reasons cited in the literature on the high degree of vaccine failure prior to 1980 are as follows: 

1. Vaccination under the age of one year when maternal antibodies interfere with the growth of vaccine virus. 

2. The simultaneous use of gamma globulin where the response is often less satisfactory if the dose of gamma 
globulin is too great. 

3. The use of killed vaccine before live vaccine has been found to be less efficient in giving protection in the 
MRC (Medical Research Council) trial and serologically in Canadian trials. 

4. The vaccine is labile, and observation in several clinics and pediatricians’ offices in the United States has 
revealed suboptimal handling of vaccine. 

5. The decline in antibody titers has been found to be greater with attenuated vaccines than with natural disease, 
and the decline is greater with the more attenuated modern vaccines. 


More than one shot has always been needed for vaccine-style measles protection, and as time 
marches on it appears that, like pertussis, more vaccines for older people will be called for. 12111 

More than a decade later, the objective of measles elimination was still not achieved. There were 







repeat epidemics that happened throughout the United States. 


Essentially, what happened as a result of vaccination was a shift in the susceptible group to an older age where 
symptoms can also be atypical. During the pre-vaccine era, infants were more solidly protected, and it was mostly 
children under the age of 10 who developed measles. After the vaccine, infants and older children became 
susceptible whereas they had not been during the natural measles epidemics. 

Dr. James Cherry, a well-known vaccinationist and pediatrician, commented that, in the post-vaccine era, measles 
had become a “time bomb.“ (Cherry, Hospital Practice, 1980, pp. 49-57.) There is reason to believe that the bomb 
is still ticking. 


Not only was one shot insufficient, it turned out that even two could be insufficient. In addition, 
there is no telling if boosters had much effect past one year. 

...in the booster vaccines, there was only a modest initial rise in titer, and after a year the 
level was almost back to where it had been before the booster. In addition, we noted a 
lack of “take” in 14 other children, most of whom probably had been immunologically 
stimulated previously. In short, the data suggested that a booster dose might not have any 
lasting effect on waning immunity. {mi 

By 1989 the new theory on failure to eradicate was that the earlier vaccines were not as 
effective as originally believed. Some of the first vaccines mass produced in 1963 
contained a killed virus. In 1989 Dr. Feigin of Texas Children’s Hospital stated that he 
believed the 1963 vaccine was “not widely effective” and that the 1967 vaccine was 
unstable and lost its “effectiveness” if not properly refrigerated. It was not until 1980 
that a stable live measles vaccine became available . {mL 

In the same year, after three types of measles vaccines had failed to produce eradication or even 
predictable herd immunity, vaccine scientists changed course from one shot and stated that, in 
using the new live vaccine, two doses would be required for reliable protection. They also 
recommended that everyone under the age of 32 be revaccinated because the old vaccines they 
received were inadequate. The single shot once promised to provide lifelong immunity against 
measles in the 1960s was never produced. 

Outbreaks of measles continued into the 1990s—this time because of an immunity gap among 
children in the 10- to 12-year-old age group. 

Once again, there was no perceived problem with the vaccine or the theory of vaccination, but 
with the people who didn’t get enough injections. As still happens today, the unvaccinated or 
partially vaccinated were unjustly blamed for the outbreaks occurring in highly vaccinated 
populations. Twenty-one cases of measles occurred in Sangamon County, Illinois, in 1984. The 
CDC reports: 

This outbreak demonstrates that transmission of measles can occur within a school 
population with a documented immunization level of 100%. This level was validated 
during the outbreak investigation. Previous investigations of measles outbreaks among 
highly immunized populations have revealed risk factors such as improper storage or 






handling of vaccine, vaccine administered to children under 1 year of age, use of globulin 
with vaccine, and use of killed virus vaccine. However, these risk factors did not 
adequately explain the occurrence of this outbreak. 1 ^ 

A 1994 study indicated that as vaccination rates increased, measles became a disease of 
vaccinated people. This “startling” surprise challenged the theory that vaccine-induced “herd 
immunity” would protect against outbreaks of measles. 

...multiple measles outbreaks have occurred in school populations in which 71% to 
99.8% of the student body had been vaccinated appropriately... Startling at the time was 
the finding that measles outbreaks developed in these school populations even though 
more than 98% of the students had previously been vaccinated... In the particular case 
of measles, “herd immunity” is not completely effective in preventing an outbreak of 
measles despite extraordinarily high immunization rates. 

In the year 2000, measles was declared eliminated from the United States. However, in 2012 the 
CDC pulled back from that declaration, stating that measles reappeared and was spreading. Like 
the threat from polio, though, the danger was from abroad, not the heavily vaccinated children of 
the United States. Of the total number of cases, 200 were attributed to foreign travel, but the 
source for 22 cases was never determined.-^ 111 No deaths or adverse outcomes were reported. 

It is clear that the reported measles incidence rate did decline, although it took much longer than 
originally promised and required more than one shot of a vaccine that had significant side 
effects. In the United States and England, this trend was probably boosted through the use of an 
extensive vaccination program, with all the “unintended consequences” and inherent unknowns. 

Plan for future failure 

One key factor to consider is that measles vaccine does not create lifelong immunity. The only 
way to remain immune with artificial immunity via vaccines is to be vaccinated several times 
during a lifetime. We have not yet seen how the vaccine will play out over several generations of 
exclusively vaccinated people. Epidemics are likely to become more common in the future. 

One study predicted that, even with good response to vaccination, immunity wanes in as little as 
25 years. If this is true, then there could be a resurgence of measles after a period of relatively 
low measles incidence, which we are in now. 

Because measles-specific antibody titer after vaccination is lower than after natural 
infection, there is concern that vaccinated persons may gradually lose protection from 
measles. Secondary vaccine failure (loss of immunity over time), in contrast to primary 
vaccine failure (no protection immediately after vaccination), is a concern because of the 
potential insidious challenge to measles elimination. For instance, if vaccine-induced 
immunity wane to nonprotective levels in a high proportion of vaccinated adults, the level 
ofpopulation protection might decline to allow recurrerice of endemic disease. By means 
of statistical modeling, Mossong et al. predicted waning of vaccine-induced immunity 25 
years after immunization. imi 


The estimate of 25 years for waning vaccine immunity is generous. Reports of waning immunity 
or vaccine failure, even with the live vaccines, show that immunity can wane in as few as 10 
years. 1 ^ 1 

A 2009 study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society investigated what could happen with 
waning measles vaccine immunity even with high vaccine coverage among children. They 
predicted that, after a long disease-free period in the population, the introduction of infection will 
lead to far larger epidemics than predicted by standard models. 

We can foresee that vaccination will have two conflicting effects... it will reduce the 
number of newborn susceptibles and hence should have some of the usual associated 
public-health benefits reducing the number of cases in young children. However, this 
reduction in cases will lead to a reduction in boosting and therefore a greater 
susceptibility to infection in older age classes... When immunity wanes, vaccination has a 
far more limited impact on the average number of cases. While this observation has clear 
public-health implications, the dynamic consequences of the interaction between 
vaccination, waning immunity and boosting are far more striking. For high levels of 
vaccination (greater than 80%) and moderate levels of waning immunity (greater than 
30 years), large-scale epidemic cycles can be induced 

Levy estimated in a 1984 report 1 ^ that by 2050 the proportion of susceptibles may be greater 
than in the pre-vaccine era. His computer model, while unproven in 1984, has come to pass as 
very accurate, since it predicted the epidemics of the year 2000. 

Recovery without antibodies: A disconcerting discovery 

Antibodies are a marker of what happened after infection or vaccination but are not the essential 
tool for the primary mission of “search and destroy.” 

A paradoxical observation involving AMI [antibody-mediated immunity] is that specific 
IgG is often made after the host has recovered. In fact, a rise in serum IgG titer is a 
time-honored method for diagnosing many infectious diseases. This observation begs the 
question of why IgG is made after recovery from most infectious diseases. Invoking a 
need to prevent recurrences is a somewhat unsatisfactory answer if the initial innate 
and cellular response was adequate to clear the first bout of disease 

Vaccine scientists know that the immune system responds with more than just antibody, yet 
because markers of cell-mediated immunity are elusive, antibody has become the measure of 
whether or not a person is immune. By priming the immune system with disease particles in a 
vaccine, the intention is to produce memory immunity that will later respond rapidly to similar 
infections. Theoretically, the body should quickly respond and destroy invaders before they can 
multiply and cause noticeable disease. 

Is the antibody just a marker of a more complex process? Scientists were surprised when they 
learned that individuals with a deficit in antibody production, called agamma-globulinemia, 
recovered from measles just as well as normal antibody producers. 1 ^ This “disconcerting” 
discovery was made in the 1960s when measles vaccinations were just getting under way. 


One of the most disconcerting discoveries in clinical medicine was the finding that 
children with congenital agamma-globulinaemia, who could make no antibody and had 
only insignificant traces of immunoglobulin in circulation, contracted measles in normal 
fashion, showed the usual sequence of symptoms and signs, and were subsequently 
immune. No measles antibody was detectable in their serum [the water part of blood 
minus clotting factors and cells], imi 

Therefore the antibody part of immunity is not at all necessary for the natural recovery from 
measles. 

...children with antibody deficiency syndromes have quite unremarkable attacks of 
measles with the characteristic rash and normal recovery. Furthermore, they are not 
unduly prone to reinfection. It therefore seems that serum antibody, at any rate in any 
quantity, is not required for the production of the measles rash; nor for the normal 
recovery from the disease; nor to prevent reinfection 

Humoral immunity does not seem to play a major role in natural resistance against the 
disease 

If humoral immunity does not “play a major role in natural resistance” against measles, then 
what does? The reason most people completely recover after acute infections is because of 
something called innate immunity. This involves a part of the immune system that requires no 
memory or previous exposure and does not involve prefonned specific antibodies. Instead, it 
involves the activation of white blood cells, including macrophages, natural killer cells, and 
antigen-specific T lymphocytes, as well as the release of various cytokines (immune system 
proteins) in response to a foreign invader. 

This aspect of immunity is present regardless of vaccination and is highly dependent on essential 
nutrients. When cellular immunity is impaired—for instance, in leukemia—measles is disastrous. 

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The pro-vaccine argue that the reason to vaccinate all healthy people is to protect those at highest 
risk. Huge amounts of money are spent figuring out why so many vaccinated remain susceptible 
to infection 12222 and why the same people who are susceptible to disease complications don’t 
respond to the vaccine. 12221 

The appearance of one case of measles in the highest vaccinated populations always promotes 
widespread fearmongering by public health officials because they know the fragility of vaccine 
immunity. 

Measles outbreaks are occurring where they are least expected... Since 2005 these 
outbreaks have occurred in the U.S.—with surprising numbers of cases occurring in 
persons who previously received one or even two documented doses of measles- 
containing vaccine. In fact, as of September 2011, the U.S. has had 15 measles outbreaks 
with 211 confirmed cases—the highest number of cases since 1996. im ^ 

If they understood the innate immune system, the real history of measles, and the use of vitamins 
C and A, their official response would not always be to promote fear. 



Why does it make sense to subject all healthy people who are not usually susceptible to disease 
complications, to the kn own and unknown risks of MMR vaccines, when the result could be 
leading the world to a situation worse than the pre-vaccine days? 1 ^ What will be the response 
to that? Revaccinating all of us every five years? 

Antibody Dependent Enhancement (ADE) 

Vaccine scientists have long relied on antibody as a measure of a vaccine’s efficacy. It is a little- 
known fact that any antibody, even a vaccine-induced one, can render a person more vulnerable 
to disease. There is an undeniably delicate balance between protective immunity and the 
induction of enhanced susceptibility not only to the disease vaccinated for, but other diseases as 
well, and often this enhanced susceptibility comes from a vaccine that was administered to 
protect. 

A virus recognizes and binds one or several specific cell surface receptor(s), enabling the 
entrance into cells. Some antibodies increase the ability of viruses to infect their target cells. This 
phenomenon is called antibody dependent enhancement (ADE) of infection. 1 ^ 

There is no controversy over the fact that the inactivated measles vaccines led to an abnormal 
immune response and, later, a form of original antigenic sin. 1 ^ Several mechanisms have been 
proposed over the years. 

Measles virus has two important proteins on the surface—H (hemagglutinin) and F (fusion). The 
killed vaccine only programmed the recipient to manufacture antibodies to H. Then, when the 
natural virus or a live attenuated vaccine virus was encountered, the recipient could only respond 
to H protein because of faulty initial immune programming. Meanwhile, the F protein pennitted 
viral access to human cells, causing victims to be more vulnerable than they would have been if 
not vaccinated at all.-^ 1 

The measles literature contains many admissions of how much is still not understood regarding 
measles virus pathogenesis and what actually constitutes immunity. 

Developmen t of new vaccines has been hampered by an incomplete understanding of 
protective immunity and of the priming for enhanced disease by the inactivated vaccine. 
imi [This "priming ” refers to the Antibody Dependent Enhancement.] 

The phenomenon of ADE has also been a problem with dengue fever, RSV, rickettsial, 
trachoma, and Mycoplasma pneumoniae vaccines and is one of the reasons there is no HIV 
vaccine to datc. 1 ^’ 1 ^ It also has been seen with Coxsackie virus. 

Original antigenic sin (OAS) and ADE are different aspects of a similar phenomenon. They both 
apply to vaccines as well as infections and can lead the immune system astray, crippling the 
innate ability to fight disease upon exposure and rendering the victim more susceptible. 

The more scientists learn about the immune system, the more they realize their profound lack of 
understanding. Regardless of the fact that not even the tip of the iceberg has been breached in 
immunology, immune systems have been manipulated by vaccines for more than 200 years. 



Excerpts from the following immunology journal of 2006 are revealing and have startling 
implications for vaccine science. 

It is increasingly apparent that, rather than being inherently good or bad, the effects of 
Abs (antibodies) are either beneficial or deleterious in a host, depending on the type of 
microbe-host in teraction, including the setting in which damage occurs as a function of 
the host immune milieu and response. A logical extension of this concept is that an Ab 
that is protective in one host may not be protective in another if the nature of their 
immune responses to the relevant agent places them on different parts of the damage 
response curve. These concepts have important ramifications for vaccine design since 
vaccine efficacy could depend on enhancement of the immune response for those with 
weak immune responses, but enhanced responses could be detrimental in those who 
naturally generate strong immune responses.... Hence, rather than being a static or 
stable characteristic, the ability of an Ab to mediate protection is likely to be dynamic, 
changing as a function of time, the host response, available host receptors and 
inflammatory mediators, and the state of the microbe in the host... Considering that the 
immune response to pathogenic microbes includes Abs to many Ags (antigens) differing 
in the predominant isotvpe and amount, one can easily envision unfathomable 
complexity that becomes even more daunting if one considers host genetic variation. 
Clearly, defining protective efficacy of an Ab molecule in a predictive fashion is 
currently beyond the state of immunological science and may not be possible with 
current reductionistic approaches to scientific problems... Immunological knowledge is 
insufficient to predict the Ab characteristics that will be protective. Therefore, in most 
instances, determining the efficacy of Ab remains an empiric rather than predictive 
discipline , . {MSi 

Measles reports declined, but why? 

Because the number of deaths in the pre-vaccine era had already reached record low levels, the 
mortality rate for measles could not have been significantly affected by the vaccine program. Yet 
there was an apparently steep drop in incidence of the disease from 1963 onward (Graph 14.7 
and Graph 14.8). 

But was that dramatic downtrend in the curve all because of vaccines? As of 1968, the US 
immunization survey showed that only 50-60 percent of children between one and nine years old 
had been vaccinated. And vaccinated children still got a lot of measles. During the epidemic 
days, even when three vaccines were given to children, more than 50 percent of measles cases 
were fully vaccinated. 1 ^ 

If vaccine herd immunity requires 95 percent vaccinated using two doses of an effective vaccine 
(which was not begun until at least 1980 when a stable vaccine was marketed), why is it that, by 
1968, the reported incidence had plummeted when only 50-60 percent of children were 
vaccinated with an ineffective vaccine? 

Since the introduction of vaccination, vaccine uptake has risen from around 50% in 1968 
to 76% in 1988.^ 


In the 1960s, only a few states required children to be vaccinated against measles to attend 
school. 1 ^ 


Isn’t it astonishing that there was such a large drop in measles incidence by 1969, and relatively 
low (compared to today) uptake of admittedly ineffective vaccines? 1 ^ 

The area on the curve of Graph 14.7 between 1963 and 1968 needs to be understood within a 
fuller context. 

Graph 14.7 (below): United States measles mortality rate with 1/35 measles disease rate from 1900 to 1987. 




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Graph 14.7 (above): United States measles mortality rate with 1/35 measles disease rate from 1900 to 1987. 
Graph 14.8 (below): United States measles incidence from 1912 to 1970. 
























Graph 14.8 (above): United States measles incidence from 1912 to 1970. 


Here are some probable contributions to the decline in the reported cases of 
measles: 

First: 

As always happens after a vaccine campaign, the criteria for diagnosing the disease was 
narrowed. The vaccinated who developed measles were not counted in the tally of wild measles, 
even though they were infected with measles virus. 

The accelerated decline seen on the curve could have been due to the fact that if someone 
received a vaccine and developed a rash and high fever, but did not have wild-type measles, it 
wasn’t measles. So because of the new classification, measles was bound to drop in the 
vaccinated. The CDC admits today that: 

...many measles cases in previously vaccinated or immunosuppressed individuals do not 
meet the clinical case definition .^1 

Modern clinical case confirmation criteria are very stringent: 

• Laboratory confirmation by any of the following 

o Positive serologic test for measles immunoglobulin M antibody; 
o Significant rise in measles antibody level by any standard serologic assay; 
o Isolation of measles virus from a clinical specimen; or 
o Detection of measles-virus specific nucleic acid by polymerase chain reaction 
° Note: A laboratory-confirmed case does not have to have generalized rash lasting >3 
days; temperature >101°F or 38.3°C; cough, coryza, or conjunctivitis. 

OR 

• An illness characterized by 

° Generalized rash lasting >3 days; and 
° Temperature >101°F or 38.3°C; and 
° Cough, coryza, or conjunctivitis; and 
o Epidemiologic linkage to a confirmed case of measles.- 1 ^ 1 

Serologic verification and contact with another verified case was not necessary before the 
vaccination era, even though there are at least 10 other infections that clinically resemble 
measles. Today there are numerous reports of missed diagnoses in the vaccinated because it is 
assumed they don’t have measles; therefore only the differential diagnoses are considered. Rota 
et al. reported on just such an instance, where Kawasaki’s disease—not measles—was suspected 
in the patient. The two attending physicians (with a history of three vaccines each) contracted 
measles, but it was not suspected, and they continued working.- 1 ^ 

When does a vaccinated person have measles? 



• Vaccine-induced “measles” is a modified form of measles occurring 5-12 days after 
measles vaccination. It is not transmissible and should NOT be classified as measles. 

• Serologically-diagnosed cases who received a measles-containing vaccine 8 days to 8 
weeks before testing may be classified as confirmed measlesONLY if they are also 
epidemiologically linked to a confirmed case.- 1 ^ 1 

Up to 54 percent of vaccinated cases in some reports 1 ^ developed rash with vaccination, which 
was in part why the immune globulin was administered with it. Still today, by the CDC’s 
admission, 5-10 percent of vaccinees develop a rash and fever. Since measles rash is often 
missed by clinicians and parents and attributed to something else, that 5-10 percent would be a 
gross underestimate. 

If 5-10 percent of measles vaccines result in fever and rash, then there are approximately 
650,000-1,300,000 cases of measles in the United States per year given the 13-14 million yearly 
doses of vaccine injected into one-year-olds (live births per year US census = 14 million). 

Second: 

Gamma globulin use during measles infection began in the 1940s and was given prolifically 
from 1963 to 1968 and even after. The reason it was given at the same time as the live and killed 
vaccines was to limit the negative (measles infection) effects of the injection, but it was and still 
i s imL a ] so prescribed as prophylaxis to those exposed to measles cases. 

Measles can be prevented or modified after exposure by passive immunization with the use of 
immune serum globulin. 1 ^ (But it comes with a price: potential development of tumors and 
connective tissue disease later in life. 1 ^ Not to mention all the problems that can occur in 
giving a pooled human blood product.) It would therefore have contributed to decreasing severity 
of acute measles disease manifestation when used alone or with the vaccine. Yet the attribution 
would have been given to the vaccine. 

Rashless infection would have led to fewer measles reports, but not because measles was not 
circulating and causing occult infections. So, on one hand, the early vaccines were leading to 
cases of atypical measles and causing a different disease (which were not counted as wild 
measles), and on the other hand, the gamma globulin given to prevent the side effects of the 
vaccines was also interfering with normal cell-mediated processing of the virus. 

Third: 

Before the introduction of the 1963 vaccine, the incidence of measles was already on a slow 
decline (Graph 14.9). Was measles slowly becoming less prevalent anyway? We kn ow that 
measles can be subclinical 30 percent of the time. 1 ^ The death rate had already plummeted. 
Like smallpox, was the disease slowly burning out? Was the rise in breastfeeding and improved 
nutrition contributing to fewer diagnosed cases? 


Graph 14.9 (below): United States measles incidence from 1934 to 1962. 













Graph 14.9 (above): United States measles incidence from 1934 to 1962. 


Is going rashless a good thing? 

Measles virus itself does not cause any rash. The red spots are the physical manifestation of a 
cell-mediated reaction in the epithelial cells, which damages cells that have been infected with 
measles. Those cells then die, limiting ongoing viral reproduction. Yet measles virus can infect 
and not manifest any rash at all. 

Consider the fact that agammaglobulinemics get a rash and throw off measles just fine because 
their innate immunity/cellular immunity is intact. Consider that those with cellular immunity 
impairment, either from disease or malnutrition, develop NO rash and often die with giant 
cell (coalesced cells of lymphoid origin) accumulation, usually in the lungs. 

As you can probably imagine, any type of infection (vaccine or wild type) with measles that 
doesn’t manifest with a rash could mean there was an incomplete response by the T cells and that 
measles virus escaped complete neutralization. So how is rashless measles created? 

Immune globulin was used to prevent infection before the vaccine was invented, and its use 
continued for years alongside the live vaccines. This combination of immune globulin before 
virus can prime the immune system in such a way that it won’t manifest a rash. The absence of 
rash may seem like a good thing, but considering that the rash is physical evidence of cellular 
immunity destroying virus-containing cells, its absence may not be so wonderful. 

In 1985 Dr. Ronne published the results of a study where numerous adults were noted to have no 
history of measles rash but were infected in the past, as measured by blood antibody titers. 

Adults who have not had measles have either escaped exposure, or have responded 
without manifesting the pathognomonic rash. In general, the presence of measles virus 
antibodies is taken as evidence of past infection; in the present investigation, it was 
regarded as evidence of viral infection, but not necessarily of clinical measles... Specific 
IgG antibody was detected in 53 out of 56 individuals with a negative history of 
measles, and in all 59 controls [controls had a known history of measles], 

This scenario of evidence of prior infection without clinical knowledge of measles occurred 
because of the administration of measles immune globulin and from vaccinating individuals who 
had measles-specific antibody that was either maternally derived or injected by clinicians. These 
rashless individuals would have numbered in the millions. Dr Cherry reported 1 ^ that the 
practice of concomitant immune globulin went on long after its discontinuation was 
recommended in 1968. 

Immune serum globulin (ISG) that was injected upon measles exposure and given to millions at 
the time of vaccination in the 1960s could have had serious health consequences that are 
manifesting today, yet nobody is making the connection. The antibody had the potential to 
interfere with nonnal cell-mediated processing of the virus. 

Those who were infected by a live vaccine or a natural virus later but did not form a rash appear 



to be most at risk. Chen et al. 1 ^ reported that illness without rash due to measles may occur in 
persons with antibody titers above the accepted target of 120. 


There are several scenarios regarding preexisting antibody and measles: 

1. Preexisting antibody prior to any measles exposure (which is a setup for primary vaccine failure). This can 
happen in infants who have maternal antibody and are vaccinated anyway. The other situation in which this 
can happen is when there is gamma globulin administered, followed by an encounter with wild measles or 
vaccine measles. This is what Dr. Ronne wrote about. It is also a setup for limited response to the virus and 
later chronic diseases. 

2. No injected antibody and subsequent natural measles after weaned from extended breastfeeding, which is the 
ideal situation for full recovery and immunity for life. 

3. No antibody and then a subsequent vaccine. This can go either way, and any of the above can happen. 
Primary vaccine failure is possible. Additionally, the route of infection being a syringe needle gives access to 
the nervous system in a way that natural measles does not and provokes an immune response that differs 
from inhaled exposure in several ways. 

4. Vaccinated with inactivated virus, and then subsequent vaccination with a different virus or subsequent 
infection with natural measles. This has the potential of committing original antigenic sin, which could leave 
the vaccine recipient unable to respond fully and allow for persistent infection. 


Acute natural infection and presumably even vaccination during a time when measles-specific 
antibody is present may induce a long-term suppressive effect on measles immune response. The 
presence of such antibodies at the time of infection interferes with the cellular immunological 
response to measles virus, especially with the development of specific cell-mediated immunity 
(and/or other cytotoxic reactions).-^ 21 

Intracellular measles virus may then survive the acute infection and later cause diseases which 
develop in adulthood. This is quite a startling revelation; however, there is a highly significant 
association between a negative history of kn own measles with evidence of prior rashless 
infection (detected by antibody before and after later re-exposure) and four disease categories: 
immunoreactive diseases, sebaceous skin diseases, degenerative diseases of bone and cartilage, 
and tumors.- 1 ^ 1 


Although vaccinating a malnourished person or a child with any illness in progress is clearly dangerous due to the 
immunosuppressive effects of vaccination, in 1997 the World Health Organization stated that measles vaccines 
should be given to any sick child regardless of illness or nutrition. Shockingly, they stated: “Since there are 
virtually no contraindications to measles vaccination, measles vaccine should be administered regardless of the 
patient’s health status. Measles vaccination is particularly important for malnourished children and for those with 
chronic illnesses, as they are at increased risk of complications due to measles. An exception to this 
recommendation is children who, on admission, are so ill that they are at serious risk of dying. Although 
administration of measles vaccine is not dangerous in such cases, parents may incorrectly attribute a death to the 
vaccination.” (R. J. Biellik et al.. Bulletin World Health Organization, 1997) 


Those children who received ISG (immune serum globulin), after 1941 and through the 1960s 
and 1970s and, in some cases, even today as part of measles prevention, were/are most at risk. 
This is yet another unintended consequence of interfering with a virus that really needed to be 
met with a cellular immune system replete with vitamins A, C, and D and not with a vaccine- 










primed immune system or immune globulin. 

The interaction of preexisting measles antibodies with measles virus disrupts the normal cellular 
immune response and has implications for infants who are vaccinated at a time when they still 
have circulating maternally derived antibody, which persists for about 12 to 15 months. 
(Vaccination of mothers, however, has reduced the longevity of maternal antibody. See next 
section.) It is well known that infants do not respond in the desired fashion to a vaccine given in 
the early months of life, and if they are vaccinated too early (before 15 months of age) they can 
become nonresponders even after revaccination. 1 ^ 21 For this reason, the vaccine is delayed in the 
United States until 12 months of age. However, the WHO recommends vaccination as early as 6 
months of age in undeveloped countries where they deem the risk of infection to be greater than 
adverse consequences of a vaccine that has “virtually no contraindication.” 1 ^ 21 

It is known that vaccinating an infant too early will result in primary vaccine failure due to 
interference by maternal immunity as well as limited response of the immature infant immune 
system, which is by design not highly reactive initially. But what are the potential consequences 
of vaccinating while maternal-specific anti-measles antibody is present? Dr. Ronne’s 
research 12211 (discussed previously) revealed significantly higher rates of cancer and autoimmune 
diseases in humans vaccinated while immune globulin was present. 

The decreasing maternal antibody levels in children under one year of age are inversely 
related to increasing responsiveness of infants to measles vaccine. In those who receive a 
primary vaccination against measles before 10 months of age, revaccination several 
years later is often unsuccessful, indicating that immunization performed while antibody 
is present may induce a long-term suppressive effect : m2i 

How many vaccines result in a suppressive effect and scenarios that are immunologically 
identical to rashless measles? Is the suppression and occult carriage of a disease like measles 
worth the risk, given the potential long-term consequences? How would people with the diseases 
mentioned by Dr. Ronne ever know that they were a consequence of suppressing cellular 
response to measles by a vaccine or immune globulin? Who would make the connection between 
a medical intervention and its long-term consequences? How does this all fit into the present- 
day epidemic of connective tissue diseases, immunoreactive diseases, and degenerative and 
tumorous ailments? Have any studies of completely vaccinated versus never vaccinated 
children been done? No. Vaccine science will not and has not ventured anywhere near Dr. 
Ronne’s provocative report. 

Pulling off the blanket: Loss of maternal protection 

All mothers provide some degree of disease protection to their infants by passing immunity 
through both placenta and breast milk. The degree of protection depends on the vaccination 
history or infection history of the mother, the continuous infection rate in the population, and the 
nutrition of the mother. 

Breastfeeding infants borrow the mother’s innate immune system and memory immunity that 
was acquired through her previous natural infection. Also relevant to measles is that infants are 
fed vitamin A through breast milk. 


Some literature incorrectly assumes that the protection afforded to the infant is derived solely 
from passively acquired antibodies. But breast milk carries a host of viral-neutralizing agents 
other than immune globulins, which is why fewer breastfed infants get measles than non- 
breastfed infants. Silfverdal reported a negative association between a diagnosis of clinical 
measles infection and duration of breastfeeding, even after adjusting for vaccination status. There 
was a 30 percent decreased risk in children who were breastfed for more than three months in 
comparison with those who were never breastfed. 1 ^ 

Breast milk is not just food, and its immunoprotective properties involve more than just 
antibodies. Colostrum contains viable T lymphocytes that impart immunity to the newborn.-^ 11 

A flood of immune cells ready and primed to do battle comes from maternal milk. 
Immunocompetent measles-convalesced mothers are known to transfer memory-activated T 
lymphocytes that have accumulated in the breast. The T cells in mammary glands are 
predominantly activated ones and far exceed the concentration in maternal blood.-^- Those cells 
enter the infant’s intestine, pass through to infant lymph nodes, and are used by that infant to 
resist disease. This type of immunity is not from placental transference and is only present in 
breastfed infants, not formula-fed ones.- 2222 

Breastfeeding was at a historic low in the United States in the 1940s, with only 25 percent of 
in fants initiated with breast milk, most of whom were rapidly weaned by two months. 12221 There 
was an upward trend in the 1970s to about a 35 percent initiation rate, 12221 which slowly 
continued to rise to today’s initiation rate of approximately 75 percent. 12221 

Breast milk contains stem cells, myoepithelial progenitors, immune cells, interferon, and 
cytokines. A vast array of “new” immune cells are being added to the list every year. There is 
ample evidence that breast milk has an immunomodulating effect via interferon and Thl cell 
response to measles that formula does not have. 12221 

There are lower levels of virus-specific immunity in the serum and milk in vaccinated mothers 
compared to naturally immune mothers. Although the overall clinical case rate may have 
declined with measles vaccination, the most sensitive members of the herd are at an increased 
risk today — because of vaccination. 

Breastfed infants of vaccinated mothers have nearly three times the risk of measles infection than 
those of naturally immune mothers— even in the era of vaccination when there is supposedly 
less measles virus in the environment. 

Infants whose mothers were born after 1963 had a measles attack rate of 33%, compared 

to 12% for infants of older mothers. Infants whose mothers were born after 1963 are 
more susceptible to measles than are infants of older mothers. An increasing 
proportion of infants born in the United States may be susceptible to measles... the 

adjusted odds ratio for maternal year of birth (born after 1963) was 7.5 (95% confidence 
interval 1.8, 30.6).^ 

In 2005 nearly 60 percent of 503 hospitalized children with measles were younger than nine 
months old. And there was a specific reason for that. 


Our results suggest that infants born to mothers who acquired immunity to measles by 
vaccination may get a relatively small amount of measles antibody, resulting in loss of 
the immunity to measles before the vaccination age. Measures to improve the immunity 
in young infants not eligible for measles vaccination would be critical to interrupt the 
measles transmission in China 

The fact that vaccinated people have inferior immunity in comparison to the naturally 
convalesced has led to the recommendation of revaccinating women before pregnancy. But this 
type of artificial immunity will not be transferred as well as natural immunity. 

Waning immunity may become an increasing problem as vaccine coverage increases: 
because more mothers will have been vaccinated and since they have not been exposed or 
had natural measles, they will transmit lower levels of maternal antibody. Thus their 
babies become susceptible to measles by 3 to 5 months of age. {mi 

The starting concentrations of maternal antibodies in infants in this study depended 
highly on the concentration of anti-bodies in the mother and on her vaccination status. 
Infants of vaccinated women started with significantly fewer antibodies than did infants 
of naturally immune women. Infants of women vaccinated against measles receive fewer 
maternal antibodies and thus have shorter protection than infants of women with 
naturally acquired immunity. 

The authors refer to antibody level differences because nobody has figured out how to tell for 
certain who is truly immune. People without antibodies can be completely protected from 
clinical illness by cellular immunity. Therefore antibody is a mere surrogate that has 
questionable significance. 

In contrast to a vaccinated mother, if a naturally immune mother’s infant is exposed to the virus 
during breastfeeding, the baby has access to the mother’s innate and acquired cellular and 
humoral immunity. Medical literature suggests that the lower risk of contracting clinical 
measles after being breastfed can last up to 10 years. 

When Silfverdale evaluated thousands of vaccinated and unvaccinated breastfed and non- 
breastfed children looking at the risk of measles, breastfeeding had a far larger impact on 
measles risk than vaccinating. 

The inverse association of measles diagnosis with breast-feeding was found also in 
children vaccinated against measles with an odds ratio (and 95% confidence interval) of 
0.74 (0.60-0.90) for those breast-fed for more than three months compared with those 
who were never breast-fed. Among children not vaccinated against measles the odds 
ratio for breast-feeding for more than three months was 0.63 (0.50-0.79) compared with 
those who were never breast-fed. Interaction testing confirmed that there was no effect 
modification for the association of immunization 

Now that children who were vaccinated in the 1970s and later are of childbearing age, 
accumulating evidence shows that infants are not as well protected as they were when measles 
circulated widely, infecting nearly every child by the age of 15. Today the only solution to the 
issue of waning vaccine immunity is to keep vaccinating and to vaccinate childbearing-age 


mothers again. But this will always carry more risk than letting the disease circulate and be dealt 
with normally by T cells in well-nourished populations. Because the morbidity and mortality 
associated with measles is most severe among infants, the early loss of passive immunity 
demonstrated in recent studies of vaccinated mothers 22222 should be of major concern. 

Today, because of vaccination, young infants are more susceptible than ever. Scientists are 
searching for ways to vaccinate them and bypass the vaccine neutralization that comes from 
placental and breast milk immunity. 22222 Why? That immunity protects the infant from measles. 
This is just another example of how vaccines have created a situation that requires even more 
vaccines and more manipulation of the immune system. This is financially efficient for vaccine 
manufacturers but scientifically and immunologically unsound. 

Vitamins A and C 

The cellular arm of immunity is not simple to measure and track. For this reason, it is somewhat 
of a guess as to how often any population requires revaccination. The general rule of thumb has 
always been that if there are measles outbreaks, there must be a population that needs more 
vaccines. The absence of deaths during outbreaks in the developed world and the importance of 
nutrition are always omitted from news reports. 

Vitamin A stops the measles virus from rapidly multiplying inside cells by up-regulating the 
innate immune system in uninfected cells which helps to prevent the virus from infecting new 
cells. It is well kn own today that a low vitamin A level correlates with low measles-specific 
antibodies and increased morbidity and mortality. 22222 Vitamin A is a well-proven intervention 
for reduction of mortality, concomitant infections, and hospital stay. 

It made no more sense to vaccinate against measles in 1963 than it does to put an infected child 
in a dark room instead of just giving vitamin A, which protects the retinas and the uninfected 
cells. In Africa, it’s the massive bodily demand for vitamin A that causes xeropthalmia (dry 
eyes) which, even long term, is reversible with vitamin A supplements. 22222 

The efficiency of the cellular immune system is tied to the intake of dietary nutrients, including 
vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, selenium, and protein rich in vitamin B. Poor nutrition leads to 
impaired cellular immune responses, which results in worse outcomes after measles infection or 
exposure. 22212 

When the body fights any infection, especially measles, vitamin A stores become depleted by 
various mechanisms. Measles infections and high-titer measles vaccines both impair cell- 
mediated immunity, in part because of vitamin A depletion. Some of that depletion is a result of 
consumption by the epithelial cells of the body, and some is due to rapid immune cell turnover. 
But other mechanisms, which involve sequestering of vitamin A, are also probably responsible. 
A low vitamin A level due to malnutrition or dietary insufficiency sets the stage for an even 
worse outcome. Death from secondary infections is a known risk during measles, but it is mostly 
because of depressed cellular immune responses, due to vitamin deficiencies. 

...cell-mediated immune responses are profoundly depressed during measles. This is 
important in Nigeria for measles affects the young who are often malnourished, and in 


such children the disease is severe and prolonged. As a result in tercurren t [occurring at 
the same time] infections such as tuberculosis, candidiasis, and herpes simplex, which 
are normally controlled by cell-mediated immunity, become rampant after measles and 
contribute to the alarmingly high mortality rate 

Measles remains one of the leading causes of childhood mortality in countries where 
malnutrition, poor sanitation, and inadequate medical care are prevalent... Measles is 

often a fatal disease among socioeconomically deprived children in tropical countries. 

mu 

This also explains why during the 1800s and into the 1900s, when the general nutritional status 
of the Western world was improving, there was a dramatic decrease in deaths from measles. 

In the 1920s, it was theorized that vitamin A could be used to fight disease. Dubbed the “anti- 
infective” vitamin, Dr. S. W. Clausen and Dr. A. B. McCoord of the University of Rochester 
Medical School found that it was effective against a variety of infections. 1 ^ 

Dr. Ellison reported in 1932 that well-nourished children rarely died or had serious 
complications from measles, even without sulfonamides and other primitive antibiotics. 1 ^ 51 

As early as 1932, scientists found that mortality dropped by 58 percent when children 
hospitalized with measles were given cod liver oil, which contains vitamins A and D and omega- 
3 fatty acids. 1 ^ 

In the 1970s, there were calls to ensure increases in dietary vitamin A for the management of 
measles in developing countries. 15221 

In 1987 scientists in Tanzania used vitamin A during measles outbreaks and watched the 
impressive protective effects. 15221 

During the 1990s, when mortality reductions of 60-90 percent were measured in poor countries 
using vitamin A in hospitalized measles cases, there was even more publicity of the vitamin A 
depletion theory in measles mortality and morbidity. 

Combined analyses showed that massive doses of vitamin A given to patients 
hospitalized with measles were associated with an approximately 60% reduction in the 
risk of death overall, and with an approximate 90% reduction among infants... 

Administration of vitamin A to children who developed pneumonia before or during 
hospital stay reduced mortality by about 70% compared with control children 

By 2010 it was well accepted that supplementing with vitamin A during acute measles illness led 
to significant drops in both adverse outcomes and death. 

Vitamin A administration also reduces opportunistic infections such as pneumonia and 
diarrhea associated with measles virus-induced immune suppression. Vitamin A 
supplementation has been shown to reduce risk of complications due to pneumonia after 
an acute measles episode. A study in South Africa showed that the mortality could be 
reduced by 80% in acute measles with complications, following high-dose vitamin A 


supplementation. imi 

Finally, vitamin A (which is found in high concentrations in breast milk) was given credit in the 
battle against measles, but only after a vaccine was well accepted throughout the world. 

In the United States, studies have found that vitamin A deficiency is not just a thing of the past. 
Even children with normal diets were vitamin deficient upon measles infection. A 1992 
California study showed that 50 percent of children hospitalized with measles had a vitamin A 
deficiency. But there was also vitamin A deficiency in 30 percent of the sick controls who did 
not have measles. None of the uninfected controls showed significant deficiency. 

We studied 20 children with measles in Long Beach, Calif., and found that 50% were 
vitamin A deficient. This frequency among presumably well nourished American children 
supports evaluation of vitamin A status as a part of acute management of measles in the 
United States . imi 

This study also implied that non-measles infections can deplete vitamin A stores, though to a 
lesser degree than measles. 

Could even well-nourished children have suboptimal vitamin A levels due to being vaccinated? 
Naturally acquired measles 1 ^ 221 and measles vaccination both deplete the body of vitamin A. 

Previous studies have shown excess mortality and immune abnormalities among girls 
immunized with high titer measles vaccine 2 to 4 years after immunization... our results 
showed that serum vitamin A concentrations were depressed after measles vaccination, 
irrespective of whether it was the monvalent or combined measles vaccine 

This “unexpected” consequence of measles vaccination was due to reduced vitamin A levels 
from the vaccine, which increased susceptibility to other infections. 

High titre vaccines, like natural measles, cause long term disruption of immune function, 
including an imbalance in the type of helper T cell response... The message is clear. 

Strategies involving vaccination in infants with maternal antibody, or new measles 
vaccines, must be tested in randomized trials in which the end point is mortality and not 
a surrogate effect such as measles antibody titre . {mi 

Measles vaccine has been associated with other unexpected adverse findings in long-term 
studies. In developing countries, the use of high-titre vaccine at 4-6 months of age was 
associated with an unexpectedly high mortality in girls by the age of 2 years from 
infectious childhood illness.^ 1 

The other essential nutrient in measles cases is vitamin C. Lymphocyte mitogenic factor and 
distinct populations of T cells are kn own to be suppressed during measles infection. Vitamin C 
treatment has a beneficial effect in reversing this viral immune suppression.-^ 1 

Availability of vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables was another factor in disease morbidity and 
mortality reduction. There were improving trends in overall nutrition as seen by a parallel in the 
decline in deaths from measles and the vitamin C deficiency diseases. Experiments done in the 


1940s showed that vitamin C was effective against measles, especially when used in higher 
doses. 

During an epidemic [of measles] vitamin C was usedprophylactically and all those who 
received as much as 1000 mg. every six hours, by vein or muscle, were protected from the 
virus. Given by mouth, 1000 mg. in fruit juice every two hours was not protective unless it 
was given around the clock. It was further found that 1000 mg. by mouth, four to six times 
each day, would modify the attack; with the appearance of Koplik ’s spots and fever, if the 
administration was increased to 12 doses each 24 hours, all signs and symptoms would 
disappear in 48 hours f 

Otitis media and pneumonia can be compounding factors in measles infections. Bacterial 
superinfection during a virus infection is usually due to vitamin C and D deficiency. Butler 12221 
reported that bacterial pneumonia was not significantly associated with lower vitamin A levels. 
That makes sense since vitamins C and D have important roles in combatting bacterial 
in fections. 

Nutrient levels may seem lacking today, but during the 1800s when disease mortality was more 
than 90 percent higher, nutrient levels were far worse. Back then, people were dying of scurvy, 
and today we are simply having illness that doctors don’t connect to focal or subclinical scurvy. 
Overall, society is much better nourished today than 200 years ago. 

Nutrient deficiency is known to have a direct effect on the virulence of microorganisms. This 
means that a nutrient-deficient neighbor can actually influence your health. 

...current work suggests that not only can the nutritional status of the host affect the 
immune response, but it can also affect the viral pathogen... a benign strain of 
coxsackievirus B3 became virulent and caused myocarditis in selenium—and vitamin E — 
deficient mice.... changed an avirulent virus into a virulent one. Once these mutations 
occurred, even mice with normal nutriture developed disease from the mutated virus f^- 

This raises an interesting argument in terms of herd immunity. But for some reason, we never see 
nutrition being mentioned in media ads that warn of disease epidemics. 

SSPE 

Although some may say that all the problems with measles vaccines were worth the risk because 
the morbidity of measles was cut down, they miss the bigger picture. That picture involves 
numerous neurologic diseases, including SSPE (subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, which is a 
rare, chronic progressive encephalitis that nearly universally ends in death), even in those who 
are appropriately vaccinated. 12221 

Contrary to popular belief, SSPE is now a disease of the vaccinated. In a study of nine SSPE 
cases, three had been fully vaccinated against measles. There was no history of rash in any who 
were vaccinated and developed SSPE. 


Also, three patients had been vaccinated against measles and there was no clinical 


feature of measles before the vaccination. Subclinical measles might be responsible for 
the early development ofSSPE in these cases... There are cases occurring in vaccinated 
children. In these cases it is not clear whether SSPE occurred as a result of subclinical 
measles infection . iml 


And: 


Three SSPE patients did not have clinical measles infection, and they all received two 
doses of measles vaccine at 1 and 6 years... As measles vaccination had been reported to 
cause SSPE, this issue definitely requires a wider epidemiologic survey. .. we expect to 
encounter more measles infection despite vaccination, and more SSPE cases in the near 
future \ {mi 

In 1989 Dyken- 12211 reported an increase in the proportion of cases of SSPE following measles 
vaccination. There is also a shorter incubation period for SSPE following vaccination compared 
with that which develops after measles infection. SSPE is far from a closed-book issue in the era 
of vaccination. 

Measles inclusion body encephalitis is another tenn for SSPE in immunocompromised persons. 
When it occurs in healthy children, they are deemed immunocompromised, even if there is no 
evidence of immunocompromise. 

We report a case of measles inclusion-body encephalitis (MIBE) occurring in an 
apparently healthy 21-month-old boy 8.5 months after measles-mumps-rubella 
vaccination. He had no prior evidence of immune deficiency and no history of measles 
exposure or clinical disease.... The nucleotide sequence in the nucleoprotein and fusion 
gene regions was identical to that of the Moraten and Schwarz vaccine strains. ... On 
hospital day 51, the patient died after ventilatory support was withdrawn.... An 
immunologic evaluation of this patient was prompted by the diagnosis of MIBE. While we 
cannot ascribe his condition to any classic immunodeficiency syndrome, our findings 
support the presence of a primary immunodeficiency . {mi 

Could most cases of SSPE now during the vaccine era, and in the past before vaccines, have had 
some sort of immunodeficiency that was never diagnosed? How many supposedly normal 
children actually have subtle ways their bodies work differently, that the medical profession 
misses because they assume so much? Why does the medical profession ignore what they don’t 
know? Even more important, they don’t even consider the fact that they don’t know what they 
don’t know. 

Antipyretics and immune globulin have been administered to blunt the immune response to live 
vaccine measles and to wild measles, perhaps trapping measles virus in the body indefinitely. 
The fact that SSPE is related to incomplete viral clearance and that measles-specific immune 
globulin caused much of the incomplete viral processing, potentially places SSPE into the 
category of both an immunodeficiency and an iatrogenic disease. Those who have probed the 
topic of vaccine-strain measles as a cause of disease have wound up in dangerous territory. As 
with the scientific exploration of SV40, the cancer virus from polio vaccines, the discussion of 
vaccine-strain measles virus as a cause of serious disease is shunned. 


Kidney disease improvement after measles 

Infection with measles virus during severe unrelenting episodes of childhood nephrotic 
syndrome 12211 has been a topic of much discussion in the medical literature since the early part of 
the 20th century, beginning with Pirquet in 1908. 12221 Numerous reports reflecting varying 
degrees of resolution after measles infections exist in conventional medical journals. 12221,12221 

At first glance, some of the results seem lackluster, as many of the children had recurrence after a 
period of becoming disease-free. However, upon closer examination of how these children were 
treated, nearly all the relapses occurred in those who were also treated with gamma globulin, 
which reduces the full expression and immune response to measles. Or they were given sulfa 
drugs or mercurials. The reports that reflect cases of nephrotic syndrome and untampered 
measles infection, with limited or no radical treatment of the nephrosis, had the most long-lasting 
and dramatic recoveries. One case of interest appeared in the journal Archives of Disease in 
Childhood in 1978. It was a reflection on a boy who developed nephrosis 60 years prior. He was 
not given any drugs and had a full and lifelong recovery. 

What makes his case even more interesting is that it followed Dr. Constantine Hering’s laws of 
disease. It is obvious that a superficial entity was driven deeper by suppressive treatments, 
resulting in his nephrosis. 

R. was a healthy 10-year-old boy who in 1916 developed a rash on the legs, diagnosed as 
eczema. After prolonged treatment with an ointment the rash disappeared. A specimen of 
urine routinely examined during this time had been noted to contain albumin and casts. 

1709 } 

Doctors continued draining his abdomen of liters upon liters of fluid, making his case worse, to 
the point where his death was predicted to be imminent. 

His poor swollen face with its horrible waxen pallor was scarcely recognisable. So 
certain did death now seem that the whole familv was taken to be outfitted with mourning 
clothes m 


Before the doctors’ treatments of repeated abdominal fluid drainage with development of an 
abscess were able to kill him, wild measles developed and restored his health. 

Once more hopes rose, only to be extinguished yet again by what appeared at the time to 
be the inevitably final catastrophe—the onset of a high fever and what proved to be an 
attack of measles. Miraculously, as it seemed to those about him, he survived this and 
thereafter his gradual return to full health was uninterrupted. Some 6 months had elapsed 
since he had first become oedematous, a trace of albumin in the urine only remained . imi 

The boy enjoyed lifelong recovery. His blood pressure, blood chemistry, and creatinine clearance 
were normal more than 60 years later. He became a pediatrician. And he was most likely cured 
because corticosteroids, gamma globulin, and antibiotics were not used. 


Conclusion 



Alexander Langmuir, MD, is kn own today as “the father of infectious disease epidemiology.” In 
1949 he created the epidemiology section of what became the CDC. He also headed the Polio 
Surveillance Unit that was started in 1955 after the polio vaccine misadventures. Dr. Langmuir 
knew that measles was not a disease that needed eradication when he said: 

To those who ask me, “Why do von wish to eradicate measles?, ” I reply with the same 
answer that Hillary used when asked why he wished to climb Mt. Everest. He said, 
“Because it is there. ” To this may be added, “...and it can be done. 

Langmuir also knew that by the time vaccine was developed, measles mortality in the United 
States had already declined to minimal levels when he described measles as a: 

...self-limiting infection of short duration, moderate severity, and low fatality... 

The vaccine was created because it could be done, not necessarily because it was needed. 

Today Merck has been accused, by two of its inside virologists, of falsifying documents in order 
to keep its mumps vaccine patent, all the while knowing that the vaccine is not effective. A 
lawsuit was filed in 2010 12Mi and an amended complaint in 2012,detailing Merck’s efforts to 
allegedly “defraud the United States through an ongoing scheme to sell the government a mumps 
vaccine that is mislabeled, misbranded, adulterated, and falsely certified as having an efficacy 
rate that is significantly higher than it actually is.” Merck allegedly did this from the year 2000 
onward to maintain its exclusive license to sell the MMR vaccine and keep its monopoly of the 
US market. Interestingly, this ongoing event has been widely shielded from mainstream media. 

During the alleged fraudulent activity occurring in Merck’s labs, two courageous scientists 
voiced their objection. They claim to have been told by upper management that if they called the 
FDA they would be jailed. They were also reminded of the very large bonuses that were to be 
rewarded after the vaccines were certified. 

If what these scientists claim is true, the net result of Merck’s questionable activity were mumps 
epidemics and outbreaks that have led to the perceived need for more boosters and, thus, 
increased revenue for Merck. 

It is known that the mumps component of all MMR vaccines from the mid-1990s has had a very 
low efficacy, estimated at 69 percent. 121 ^ The mumps portion has lost efficacy (the ability to 
stimulate immune response), but not necessarily its ability to multiply and remain in the body. 
What do you think happens to a live attenuated virus that is injected into a person and elicits only 
a sluggish immune response? It essentially amounts to persistent infection. 

What disasters can befall those who accept injections of any vaccine virus that can live 
indefinitely within? 

Person-to-person measles transmission seems to have been interrupted after years of 
experimental vaccinations and some surprising and unintended consequences. Much of the 
interruption was done by intentionally subjecting children to measles viruses through needle 
injection which the immune system can react to in abnormal ways, creating other diseases in the 
process. 



What we have now is a population of increasingly unhealthy children—with rates of many 
chronic disorders increasing dramatically. Vaccination, for many, is a matter of swapping one set 
of possible risks for another set of probable risks, which are said to be “coincident.” 



15. Starvation, Scurvy, and Vitamin C 


A large number of men in our army were attacked by a certain pestilence, against which the 
doctors could not find any remedy in their art. A sudden pain seized their feet and legs; 
immediately afterwards the gums and teeth were attacked by a sort of gangrene, and the 
patient could not eat any more. Then the bones of the legs became horribly black, and so, 
after having continued pain, during which they showed the greatest patience, a large 
number of Christians went to rest on the bosom of our Lord. 

- Jacques de Vitry (1160-1240), the First Crusade 

I wish my colleagues who discourse so prolixly about the treatment of this disease would 
recognize that the grass in the fields, inconspicuous as it is, has a greater power to heal this 
disease than all their fancied wisdom and unsurpassed panaceas. 

- Abraham Bogaert, Dutch physician (1663-1727), 1711 

Vitamin C can truthfully be designated as the antitoxic and antiviral vitamin. 

- Dr. C. W. Jungeblut (1897-1976), 1930s 

Most vitamins are required by essentially all species of animals. Vitamin C is required by 

only a few species, including man. 

- Linus Pauling (1901-1994), Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1954); Nobel Peace Prize (1963) 

Infectious diseases such as smallpox, measles, and whooping cough were not the only health 
perils faced by the people of the past. 

Starvation 

Scarcity of food and periodic famines have historically resulted in deadly malnutrition. Vitamin 
deficiency is a common consequence of starvation that can lead to scurvy, pellagra, beriberi, 
anemia, and other nutrient-deficiency illnesses. Because vitamins have a strong impact on the 
immune system, people who are deficient can become susceptible to all types of infections. Poor 
housing, deplorable and extremely stressful working conditions, and other negative 
consequences of poverty, combined with malnutrition, opened the door for a wide variety of 
infectious diseases. 

Famines always provide a fertile breeding ground for many diseases. The lack offood not 
only produced oedemas [excessive watery swelling] and specific deficiency diseases 
among the people, but also, by lessening their resistance, made them an easy prey to all 



kinds of infections. Since famines disorganized normal life, people’s living conditions 
became worse. The louse thrived and typhus spread 

An article written in 1836 described the miserable state of people throughout the world who were 
near starvation. 

In France, beggars are n umerous, and people die of hunger. In fruitful and vine-clad 
Portugal, a pilot will prostate himself on the deck of a vessel, in his gratitude for the boon 
of a hard biscuit. The Arabs, half-starved themselves, devour half-starved sheep. In 
luxuriant Chili, the inhabitants feed on sea-weed in the intervals of their crops, and those, 
who are of delicate constitutions, do not survive. In Canada, during the winter, many are 
starved to death. In Buenos Ayres, numbers live on offals [waste], at the public shambles. 
In upper Peru, the natives eat animals that die of disease. The Chinese do the same and 
likewise convert other disgusting matters into food. Thousands of infants are destroyed in 
China; nor is it considered a crime; since the babe suffers a less cruel death by its 
mother’s hand, that it would by starvation. In Norway and Sweden, the people mix their 
bread with saw-dust . i2m - 

A letter recorded in an 1851 House of Commons report detailed the plight of the people on the 
island of Skye in Scotland. Many were without land, food, or work, which left numerous families 
on the verge of starvation. 

The people are in the depth of misery, they have nothing to eat, and they have no 
employment, and no prospect whatever before them but death!... There are about 400 
persons this night without 400 ounces of meal among them all... At Roag Ifound a family 
of Roiy Campbell in actual starvation. The wife in bed unable to rise from pure want. 
Four children, ragged, lank, and lean. The oldest fourteen years, the youngest three and a 
half years... For four days, this family lived on three pounds of oatmeal . imj - 

The Irish people suffered horribly from shortages of food in the early 1800s. Millions were in a 
state of near starvation, and many starved to death. An 1835 report describes the horrendous 
situation. 

...there were half a million fewer human beings in Ireland between 1831 and 1841 than 
there had been between 1821 and 1831. The Commissioners of Poor-law Inquiry, in 
1835, report that 2,300,000 of the agricultural population are in a constant state 
approaching starvation. 1 ^ 

During the Great Irish Potato Famine that took place from 1846 to 1847, people died not only 
from starvation, but also from diseases that took hold as a result of malnutrition. 

In Ireland, which had a soaring population, potato blight caused famine and thousands o] 
deaths in 1810, 1820, and 1830, leading in the years after to the notorious Great Famine 
in which perhaps two million people died, some from starvation, but far more from 
typhus and other epidemics consequent upon malnutrition and social collapse ; imi 

Mrs. Asenath Nicholson described the situation suffered by the people in her book Annals of the 
Famine in Ireland in 1847, 1848, and 1849 published in 1851. Mrs. Nicholson, a native of 


Vermont, wrote of her eyewitness account of the condition of the Irish people. 

So that they, the people, were under the necessity of cutting down their potatoes and 
giving them to their cattle to keep them alive. All these circumstances connected together, 
have brought hunger to reign among them to that degree, that the generality of the 
peasantry are on the small allowance of one meal a day, and many families cannot afford 
more than one meal in two days, and sometimes one meal in three days. Their children 
are crying and fainting with hunger, and their parents weeping, being full of grief, 
hunger, debility, and dejection, with glooming aspect, looking at their children likely to 
expire in the jaws of starvation. 11221 

A New York Times article described the meager conditions of the people living in St. Petersburg, 
Russia, in 1899. Lack of food and poor living conditions left the population susceptible to 
numerous diseases. 

The newspapers of the city publish accounts of the condition of the so-called famine 
districts of Russia, especially Samara, in the eastern part of European Russia. The efforts 
of the Red Cross Society have staved off the horrors of actual starvation; but the society’s 
funds are almost exhausted; and the dire distress, compelling the consumption of all 
kinds of garbage, had produced an epidemic of terrible mortality, with typhus, scurvy, 
and other pestilential diseases. The peasants are compelled to sell everything and are 
living in cold, damp, and filthy cabins. Weakened by hunger, they fall ready victims to 
typhus and acute scurvy. 11221 

From 1919 to 1923, people in Soviet Russia suffered a dreadful famine. Twenty-two million 
faced starvation so severe that cannibalism became an option for survival. 

...conditions in Russia are getting worse every day. Starvation is increasing... We are 
quite helpless in the growing distress... Cannibalism is spreading to a terrific degree... 
Twenty-two million people are now directly endangered by starvation... Seven or eight 
million people might perhaps be saved by us next autumn. But the rest (i.e., 14 or 
15,000,000) inevitably face starvation... The truth is: Starvation is going to be worse 
next year, and even the year after the next will be a terrible one; 11221 

Winter is bringing immense misery, and hundreds of thousands of deaths from hunger 
and disease have occurred throughout the Middle East, Caucasus and South Russia. The 
flight of refugees of all nationalities throughout Asia Minor into South Russia has begun. 
Reports indicate that the unprecedented hardships are increased by various little wars 
and also by little bands who prey on one another, when there are no other victims. It is 
believed that cannibalism is frequent. The Smyrna district is a fair example of Asia 
Minor. It is estimated that there are more than 150,000 Turks homeless, living in the open 
in that district, and most of them starving .E 221 

This 1873 report discussed the poor quality of food available in US cities. The unhealthy food 
left many children malnourished and susceptible to all types of disease. Adulterated meats would 
often be made into sausages or disguised to hide the fact that they were diseased or rancid. 

A great evil is creeping into our city through the avarice and inhumanity of certain 


butchers, who kill diseased cattle which they buy cheap, and cut up and sell in sausages 
and other forms of disguise... In our large cities there is no more frequent cause of 
disease than the sale of unwholesome food. The lower classes, victims ofpoverty and the 
avarice of dealers, habitually consume food that is most unwholesome, indeed poisonous, 
and as a consequence, often from that cause alone, drag out a miserable physical 
existence, and their children are puny, wretched specimens of humanity, who fall easy 
prey to epidemics. 122 ^ 

Scurvy and Vitamin C 

Scurvy is a disease that results from a deficiency of dietary vitamin C, which is essential for the 
formation of healthy collagen. Collagen is the protein that forms connective tissue in skin, bones, 
and blood vessels and also gives support to internal organs. In scurvy, the body is not able to 
generate adequate collagen or extracellular matrix proteins that serve as mortar holding cells 
together. As a result, the body literally comes unglued and falls apart. A 1907 article describes a 
person who suffered with severe scurvy. His body slowly disintegrated until he died. 

No one who has not seen with his own eyes the victim of scurvy can image what torment 
that plague entails. It is a disease that comes on very gradually—the patient usually 
complaining at first of only a general weakness and apathy. He moves with difficulty, 
preferring to sit or lie down and his face becomes drawn and pale. Soon his gums become 
painfully tender, blood oozing from them at the slightest pressure, and his teeth get loose 
in their sockets;—he can eat nothing solid, so in a few days he becomes too weak to move 
about, and takes to his bed. Little by little the sufferer’s legs begin to swell, angry red 
spots appear on the skin, and rapidly become violet, blue and black, like bad bruises. 
These spots are caused by the rupture of superficial blood vessels, just as in true bruises, 
and as the swelling of the lower limbs increases, the spots become so numerous that all 
the leg appears like a polished black log. The patient cannot stretch his swollen legs and 
lies motionless with his legs drawn up. Often the distended skin bursts, and large open 
sores add to the torture of the stricken man. At the same time the gums become one mass 
of bleeding and decaying tissue which sometimes assumes the aspect of a fungoid growth 
that halffills the cavity of the mouth. The patient’s breath smells unbearably, so that the 
air of the room soon becomes poisoned by the putrid odor. At this stage if medical 
assistance and constant careful nursing are not available, the sufferer rapidly loses his 
last strength and soon dies from exhaustion. 21211 



Photo 15.1: Infantile Scurvy. Ellen S. Five years old. The gums are swollen or beefy and hanging in tumor¬ 
like masses. There are also blood-tumors on the forehead. (1914) 

Note the quote above says the first symptoms of scurvy are apathy and weakness, and they soon 
die from exhaustion. Vitamin C has numerous functions in the body. Probably the most 
important action involves the part of vitamin C called ascorbic acid, which is essential for normal 
mitochondrial metabolism. 


A brief mention of mitochondria is called for in any discussion of scurvy. If you are unfamiliar with these amazing 
intracellular organelles, they are sometimes called “cellular powerhouses” because they are responsible for the 
production of chemical energy. The oxygen you breathe is used within mitochondria to produce chemical energy 
called adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. In addition to supplying cellular energy, mitochondria are involved in other 
tasks such as signaling, cellular differentiation, control of the cell cycle, and cell growth. 




Ascorbic acid is protective against reactive oxygen species (free radical damage) in the 
mitochondria and keeps the mitochondria healthy. 

Since levels of mitochondrial AA can be augmented with dietary vitamin C 
supplementation, our data suggest the pharmacological relevance of vitamin C in the 
protection of the mitochondrial genome against oxidative injury 

Ascorbic acid is also necessary for transport of one of three types of substrates used for fuel. 
Proteins, sugars, and fats are used for energy production to generate ATP, which is the main 
energy source for the majority of cellular functions of the body. Without ATP, cell energy 
flatlines, and critical cell functions stop. The fats cannot get through the mitochondrial 
membrane without ascorbic acid because an essential molecule called carnitine, which shuttles 
the fat inside the mitochondria, is dependent upon ascorbic for its generation. The biosynthesis of 
carnitine requires ascorbic acid as a cofactor for two separate hydroxylation steps. 12321 Therefore, 
if there is scurvy, core metabolism shuts down, resulting in profound fatigue and fatty acid 
buildup elsewhere. This type of functional fatty acid deficiency manifests in the form of 
neurological disorders, cardiac disease, and muscle weakness. 12121 The fatigue marks the 
beginning of a breakdown of the body. Without normal mitochondrial function, the immune 
system breaks down as do all the systems that maintain bone and flesh structure. The result is 
obvious—death. 

The Recommended Dietary Allowance levels for vitamin C do not prevent “scurvy.” They 
merely keep you from dying from complete mitochondrial shutdown. 

William A. Guy, dean of the Medical Department of King’s College, described the poor diet of 
gold miners in California in the 1850s. Thousands of miners subsisted on meat, fat, coffee, and 
alcohol while working long, hard days under the unrelenting California sun. The vitamin C- 
deficient diet led many to develop scurvy. 

Scurvy has been very prevalent among the gold miners of California... the emigrants 
upon the overland journeys and at the mines, as living almost entirely upon fried bacon 
or fat pork and flour made into batter-cakes, and fried in the fat, which completely 
saturates it. This is washed down with copious librations of strong coffee, and large 
quantities of brandy or whiskey are taken in the intervals of the meals... this has been the 
diet of thousands for months, under a scorching sun, when the temperature was over a 
hundred in the shade, the men being at the same time subjected to the most intense 
labour . 22122 

Although many died of cholera during the California Gold Rush of the mid-1800s, an estimated 
10,000 men died from scurvy. 

Anthony Lorenz, who had made an intensive study of the subject and read much 
unpublished material, estimated that at least 10,000 men died “of scurvy, or its sequelae, 
in the California Gold Rush... Its victims outnumbered those of cholera. ” Dr. Praslow, 
the German physician who was in the Sacramento area in the winter of1849-50, testified 
to the weakening effect of the disease: "Ifrequently saw patients who suffered from 




scurvy... die within a few days from an acute diarrhea. 

The US Civil War (1861-1865) is often examined nostalgically with a focus on politics and 
military engagements. While many soldiers died during battle, many more died without “glory” 
from extreme nutritional deficiencies or otherwise preventable diseases. For instance, the causes 
of death listed for Indiana soldiers buried at the National Cemetery in Andersonville (see table 
below), Georgia, shows that diarrhea and scurvy directly accounted for at least two-thirds. 11211 
Dysentery was the next common cause of death, with the infamous diseases such as smallpox, 
typhus, pneumonia, and gangrene responsible for only a small fraction. Those who were killed 
in actual battle or who died as a result of their wounds accounted only for 1 percent of the 
total deaths. 


Causes of death for Indiana soldiers in Andersonville, Georgia 


Cause of Death Number % 


Diarrhoea [sic] 

254 

37 

Scorbutus 

(Scurvy) 

202 

30 

Dysentery 

52 

8 

Other diseases 

63 

9 

—Smallpox 

1 


—Gangrene 

2 


—Typhus 

2 


—Pneumonia 

10 


Wounds 

7 

1 

Killed 

2 

<1 

No causes listed 

108 

15 

Total 

688100 


An 1882 New York Times article described scurvy in miners in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. These 
miners not only suffered from tissue degradation but from one of the other major factors in 
vitamin C deficiency—immune system impairment. 

Within the last few weeks 30 Hungarians and Poles suffering from scurvy in its worst 
form, as well as pneumonia, have been admitted to the county hospital. The alarming 
increase of such cases has provoked much comment, and the matter will be laid before 
the Medical Society. The disease is ascribed to the almost exclusive use of salt meat by 
the imported laborers about the mines and their unclean habits . lZM1 



Photo 15.2: Characteristic position of the legs in scurvy. The legs are practically always tender, usually 
exquisitely so, so that the slightest movement or pressure causes the most severe pain. (1922) 


Scurvy caused an enormous number of deaths, especially on long naval journeys or during wars. 
During the naval battles of the Seven Years’ War (1754-1763), more men died of disease than 
from actual battle. 




...in the Crimean war 23,000 cases of scurvy developed in the French army alone, and in 
all the naval battles of the Seven Years ’ War there were but 1512 sailors and marines 
killed by implements of war, yet 133,078 men died of disease or were missing, the 
principal being scurvy. 

Rickets is a softening of bones in children caused by a deficiency of vitamin D, magnesium, 
phosphorus, and calcium. This disease can lead to fractures and deformities. Few people are 
aware that vitamin C is also very important for healthy bone mineralization and for bone 
formation. 

Industrial towns above all proved breeding ground of the archetypal diseases of poverty 
and overcrowding such as rickets, the crippling bone disease in infants, especially 
ominous for females who, as a result ofpelvic deformities would often suffer fatal 
childbirth difficulties. Though widely known as “the English disease, ” Britain enjoyed no 
monopoly, for everywhere dinginess and deprivation provided an ideal seedbed. A 1907 
survey of Paris revealed that every other child between the ages of six months and three 
years suffered more or less from rickets, and New York reported the same 

Through the 1800s into the 1900s, a myriad of changes took place that allowed people to 
improve their diets. A better supply of food, including more fruits and vegetables, resulted in a 
slow decline of scurvy as a cause of death (Graph 15.1). The fact that scurvy is a disease of poor 
diet was eventually accepted by the medical profession and the public. The New Albany Medical 
Herald reported in 1907: 

Infantile scurvy is a disease of modern times and is attributable to altered conditions 
arising from over-civilization and from the crowding into cities, which makes it difficult 
or impossible for children to be fed in an ideal manner... It is less than thirty years since 
the nature of the disease was recognized by Cheadle, his paper appearing in 1878... his 
views were somewhat slow in gaining general acceptance, and the truth of his contention 
was not thoroughly established until a paper was read by Sir Thomas Barlow on this 
subject before the Royal Medical Society in 1883. “Scurvy is a constitutional disease due 
to some prolonged error in diet. 


Graph 15.1 (below): England mortality rate from scurvy from 1901 to 1967. 






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Graph 15.1 (above): England mortality rate from scurvy from 1901 to 1967. 


By 1900 deaths from scurvy were rare and steadily decreased. Simultaneously, death from 
infectious diseases also drastically declined. This is because immune cells are highly dependent 
on a component of vitamin C called ascorbic acid. 

Today we know that vitamin C is vital to several components of the human immune system, 
including white blood cells. About 50-70 percent of all white blood cells are neutrophils, the 
primary immune cell type that utilizes vitamin C. This 2004 study shows that vitamin C is also 
used by granulocytes, or polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs). PMNs are white blood cells 
that contain a segmented lobular nucleus; they can be further classified into eosinophil, basophil, 
or neutrophil. 

...the ascorbate [vitamin C] pool in the PMNs is used by the PMNs to destroy the 
engulfed pathogens, as suggested by our results and also by earlier observations that 
dietary supplementation with vitamin C augments innate immunity , {mi 

Innate immunity is the part of cellular immunity that requires no memory of previous infection. 

Data from England shows that deaths from scurvy decreased in parallel with deaths from other 
infectious diseases, including whooping cough (Graph 15.2) and measles (Graph 15.3). 

Graph 15.2 (below): England mortality rates from scurvy vs. whooping cough from 1901 to 1967. 







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Graph 15.2 (above): England mortality rates from scurvy vs. whooping cough from 1901 to 1967. 
Graph 15.3 (belowl: England mortality rates from scurvy vs. measles from 1901 to 1967. 




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Graph 15.3 (above): England mortality rates from scurvy vs. measles from 1901 to 1967. 


A paper published in 1949 by Dr. Fred R. Klenner showed the impressive positive effects of 
ascorbic acid against a number of diseases. One of the diseases discussed was herpes zoster, also 
kn own as shingles. It is a disease that can cause severe pain. Dr. Klenner effectively used large 
doses of ascorbic acid to treat this condition and described how the pain rapidly disappeared in a 
number of cases. 

In herpes zoster 2000 to 3000 mg. of vitamin C was given every 12 hours, this 
supplemented by 3000 mg. in fruit juice by mouth eveiy two hours. Eight cases were 
treated in this series, all of adults. Seven experiericed cessation ofpain within two hours 
of the first injection and remained so without the use of any other analgesic medication. 
Seven of these cases showed drying of the vesicles within 24 hours and were clear of 
lesions within 72 hours... One of the patients, a man of 65, came to the office doubled up 
with abdominal pain... He was given 3000 mg. of vitamin C intravenously and directed to 
return to the office in four to five hours... He returned in four hours completely free of 
pain. He was given an additional 2000 mg. of vitamin C, and following the schedule 
given above he recovered completely in three days. EM 

A later paper published in 1953 by Dr. Klenner also showed that vitamin C was effective against 
measles. He found that, when used in large doses, there was a definite positive response 
manifested by an increased white blood cell count (unlike bacterial infections, viral infections 
often drop the white blood count, which can be devastating), a drop in fever, and general all- 
around improvement of the patient. This rise in white blood cell count indicated a mobilizing of 
the immune system against the measles virus. Dr. Klenner discussed his first attempts at using 
vitamin C to treat a child with measles. 

In the Spring of 1948 measles was running in epidemic proportions in this section of the 
country. Our first act, then, was to have our own little daughters play with children 
known to be in the “contagious phase. ” When the syndrome offever, redness of the eyes 
and throat, catarrh [inflammation of a mucous membrane], spasmodic bronchial cough, 
and Koplik spots [measles skin spots] had developed and the children were obviously 
sick, vitamin C was started. In this experiment it was found that 1000 mg every four 
hours, by mouth, would modify the attack... When 1000 mg was given every two hours all 
evidence of the infection cleared in 48 hours... the drug (vitamin C) was given 1000 mg 
eveiy 2 hours around the clock for four days... These little girls did not develop the 
measles rash during the above experiment and although exposed many times since still 
maintain this “immunity. ’’EM 

Dr. Klenner described several other remarkable cases of recovery using vitamin C. One was a 
10-month-old baby with measles. The baby had a fever of 105°F, red eyes and throat, catarrh 
(mucous inflammation), spasmodic cough, and Koplik spots. 

1000 mg of vitamin C was given intramuscularly eveiy four hours. After 12 hours the 
fever was 97.6°F, the conjunctivitis and red throat had cleared, there was no cough... the 
baby made an uneventful recoveiy... Four years have now elapsed and there has been no 
measles. 



Another case was an eight-year-old boy who suffered from poliomyelitis. He had conjunctivitis, 
a sore throat, a high fever of 104°F, nausea and vomiting, and a headache of such intensity that 
adult doses of aspirin given by his mother had no effect. During the examination, he either 
rubbed his neck or held his head between his hands, begging for someone to relieve the pain. 

Six hours after commencing therapy the neck pain was gone, the headache completely 
relieved, he could tolerate the ceiling light, his eyes were dry and the redness was 
definitely clearing. Nausea and vomiting had disappeared, the fever was down to 
100.6°F., and he was sitting up in “a straight position in bed” and in a jovial mood while 
he drank his glass of lime ade. He was discharged from the hospital after receiving 26 
grams of vitamin C in a 48-hour period, clinically well. 

A 1952 article published by Dr. McCormick described positive results using vitamin C for a 
number of infectious conditions. 

The writer [Dr. McCormick] has previously reported spectacular results by this method 
in the treatment of tuberculosis, scarlet fever, pelvic infection, septicemia, etc. 
Concurrently, by this same method, Klenner has reported dramatic results in the 
treatment of virus diseases, including poliomyelitis, encephalitis, measles, herpes zoster, 
virus pneumonia, etc.^^- 

Vitamin C’s benefit during infection has much to do with the neutralization of bacterial and viral 
toxins and with the supply of ascorbic acid to white blood cells. But there is another more direct 
effect on bacteria. Today, scientists are validating the antimicrobial effect of vitamin C on certain 
bacterial infections. The effect involves oxidative killing via the Fenton reaction, with vitamin C 
essentially acting as an antibiotic. 

In Escherichia coli, a common mechanism of cell death by bactericidal antibiotics 
involves the generation of highly reactive hydroxyl radicals via the Fenton reaction. Here 
we show that vitamin C, a compound known to drive the Fenton reaction, sterilizes 
cultures of drug-susceptible and drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the 

causative agent of tuberculosis. The bactericidal activity of vitamin C against M. 
tuberculosis is dependen t on high ferrous ion levels and reactive oxygen species 
production, and causes a pleiotropic effect affecting several biological processes 

An earlier work in 1937 by Dr. Claus W. Jungleblut showed that injections of natural vitamin C 
were effective in preventing poliomyelitis paralysis in infected monkeys. In his experiment, he 
found that six times as many animals escaped paralysis following treatment with natural vitamin 
C than control animals. 

The data presented in this paper, which are based on a number of experimental animals 
almost thrice as large as previously reported, leave no doubt that the administration of 
natural vitamin C during the incubation period of experimental poliomyelitis is followed 
by a definite alteration in the severity of the disease. 12221 

Pertussis is another disease that consumes large amounts of vitamin C and is effectively 
ameliorated with high enough doses. A 1936 pilot study by Otani 12 ^ documents more rapid 
improvement than expected in the majority of his cases, even though his dosing was far too low 


to have reached an effective threshold. He only used 50 to 200 mg per injection. 

Vermillion published a similar study in 1938. 

In this small series of twenty-six cases of whooping cough, cevitamic acid seemed to be 
strikingly effective in relieving and checking the symptoms in all but two of the cases 
which apparently received little if any relief It is our opinion that it should be given 
further trial in all cases of whooping cough regardless of the age of the patient, or the 
length of time already elapsed since the original symptoms. 12211 

But he also used very low doses of cevitamic (ascorbic acid) acid. In 1937 Ormerod reported in a 
small study group: 

Ascorbic acid has a definite effect in shortening the period of paroxysms from a matter of 
weeks to a matter of days. 12221 

His doses were also very low — 150 to 500 mg. Given that pertussis is a toxin-mediated disease, 
these low doses would not have come close to tissue saturation. Sessa 12 ^ and Meier 1 ^ 1 also 
reported positively on low-dose vitamin C in pertussis. 

There are no randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to demonstrate the effect of high-dose vitamin 
C on the duration and severity of pertussis. However, there are practices that have been caring 
for very young infants and children for 30 years using high-dose vitamin C, and they have not 
lost or damaged one of those children. There are thousands of happy mothers who know that 
vitamin C saved their children from suffering the feared ravages of pertussis. Vitamin C has no 
known toxic dose and, when used properly, makes whooping cough far more manageable. 

Doctors have used vitamin C effectively in cases of measles, scarlet fever, poliomyelitis, 
pertussis, opiate withdrawal, coronary artery disease, cancer, life-threatening sepsis, encephalitis, 
pneumonia, and other conditions. Unfortunately, their work has been forgotten or actively 
denied. 


16. Lost Remedies 


The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance—it is the illusion of knowledge. 

- Daniel J. Boorstin (1914-2004) 

Any person who has been exposed need have no fear of smallpox if he will take two or 
three tablespoonfuls ofpure cider vinegar three or four times a day. 

- J. P. MacLean, PhD, 1901 

There are hundreds of examples in the field of medicine where fundamentally flawed ideas have 
gained public support and were kept alive by belief momentum. Eugenics, numerous psychiatric 
diagnoses, harmful drugs like thalidomide, fever reducers, diethylstilbestrol, bloodletting, and 
unbalanced hormone replacement are several examples of faulty ideas that have historically 
attained a level of scientific and societal legitimacy. Not only have these strange types of beliefs 
been accepted, but in the midst of their unquestioned superiority, better ideas were overlooked. 

In the hope of preventing disease, vaccination took hold as the only way to combat smallpox. 
The original belief was that vaccination was a safe way to acquire lifelong immunity. This turned 
out to be untrue, and thus had to be redressed as a “temporary way of making smallpox milder.” 
Even though revaccinations were required yearly for some people, even though there was great 
success using isolation and disinfection after abandoning vaccination in Leicester, and even 
though there were large numbers of vaccination-related deaths and vaccine failures, devotion to 
vaccination by the medical profession became firmly established. 

What you might not know is that there were always other simpler, cheaper, and more helpful 
means to combat diseases, many of which provided remarkable successes yet, unfortunately, 
never attained legitimacy in the mainstream. If a remedy couldn’t be patented or given the AMA 
seal of acceptance, it generally would not have ranked in the public or medical eye. Here are a 
few examples. 

Herbs 

Cinnamon is a common and familiar spice that has anti-infective properties. A 2009 study in the 
Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery showed it to be effective in hospital-acquired infections 
and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which are major health concerns worldwide.- 12111 Cinnamon’s 
use as an anti-infective has been kn own for a long time. A letter to the editor in 1878 to the 
medical journal the Lancet indicated that, during an outbreak of cholera, all cases survived 
through the use of cinnamon. This is an impressive claim since cholera had a very high fatality 
rate during the 1800s. 

I see in your issue of last week that a surgeon in India has tried the injection of chloral in 


cholera, and lost 60 per cent of his patients. I have tried oil of cinnamon in an outbreak 
on board an Indian emigrant ship, and every case recovered. I have no doubt that the 
above medicine is a specific for cholera 

In 1889 Dr. Knaggs used a combination of ingredients, including cinnamon, with good outcomes 
in all 75 patients who suffered with the bacterial infection diphtheria. The therapeutic mixture 
was precipitated sulphur, chocolate powder, glycerine, and cinnamon water. 

Mix the powders in a mortar; then gradually add the glycerine with constant trituration, 
and lastly the cinnamon-water. Dose, half a teaspoonful every hour or oftener. Dr. 

Knaggs reports the treatment of seventy-five cases of diphtheria by this drug alone, with 
no fatal results 

In 1899 Dr. C. G. Grant observed that cinnamon protected from malaria. He recommended it for 
intestinal problems, typhoid, and influenza. 

Cinnamon is recommended as an internal antiseptic by Dr. C. G. Grant (British Med. 
Journal). When in Ceylon he discovered that persons working in cinnamon gardens 
seemed to be immune to malaria. On trial he found it valuable in gastro-enteritis, 
recurrent boils, and, he thinks, in typhoid fever. He was astonished by its wonderful 
influence in influenza, and earnestly recommends its free use by others. 

In 1907 Dr. Ross reported on his use of cinnamon oil for 16 years to help patients quickly 
recover from influenza. Weeks of illness from the flu were reduced to three or four days. 

Ross states that for nearly sixteen years he has employed cinnamon in various forms in 
treating this [influenza] disease, but for many years now he has always employed the oil 
of Ceylon cinnamon bark... We all of us have heard only too often of bad cases of 
influenza where the unhappy patients have been confined to their beds or their rooms for 
a fortnight, three weeks, a month, or even longer... he has invariably treated influenza 
with cinnamon, his patients have generally been perfectly fit to return to their avocations, 
whatever they may have been, within three or four days, and that in no single case has a 
patient suffering from influenza been on his hands for more than a week. 12 ^- 

In 1917 Dr. Drummond used cinnamon in the treatment of head colds and recommended its use 
for measles. At that time, measles was still considered a serious condition, with approximately 
10,000 people, mainly children under five, dying each year in England and Wales. 

Dr. W. B. Drummond, Medical Superintendent of Baldovan Institution for the 
Feebleminded, describes in The British Medical Journal his experience with cinnamon in 
the preventative treatment of German measles. He urges that it be tried extensively in the 
endeavor to prevent epidemics of the ordinary variety of measles... Cinnamon is a drug 
whose therapeutic virtues are not sufficiently recognized. The essence of cinnamon in 
twenty-five-drop doses is one of the most effective remedies in cases of acute coryza, 
[inflammation of nasal mucous membra es]... some years ago an article was published in 
The Journal strongly advo-cating cinnamon as a preventative of measles. l22ZL 

In 1919 Dr. Drummond commented that cinnamon oil was an effective prophylactic against 


measles or that it made measles milder. 


It has been my practice, when I meet with a case of measles in a family, to prescribe a 
course of cinnamon for all unprotected members of the family. In the majority of cases 
the person so treated [with cinnamon] escaped the disease [measles] altogether, or else 
had it in very mild form 

It is difficult to know exactly why cinnamon was so helpful, but today we do know that it 
possesses many beneficial properties, is an antioxidant, and contains vitamins A and C and 
minerals like zinc, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. 

For centuries, garlic has been believed to ward off sic kn ess. It has been used for the common 
cold, high blood pressure, and the prevention of gangrene. Onion is a close relative of garlic and 
has also been used in the treatment of many diseases. A 1903 article reported that people who ate 
onions were immune to smallpox. The article also stated that these same people were rarely 
vaccinated. 

Dr. A. P. Seligman, vaccine physician to the city Board of Health, who has given 
considerable attention to the study and pathology of smallpox, declares that onion¬ 
eating people are virtually immune from the disease. Not a single case has broken out 
among the inhabitants of the Italian, Polish and Hungarian settlements. These people 
consume large quantities of onions. Vaccination is extremely rare among them . {mi 

In 1901 garlic was used to treat 200 patients with tuberculosis in the City Hospital of Venice. 
Improvement was noted in all stages of the disease. 

Over 200 patients were thus treated in addition to the ordinary hygienic and symptomatic 
treatment. An improvement is said to have taken places in all stages of tuberculosis, 
especially in the early cases... the cough is lessened, the local physical signs disappear, 
as do the night-sweats and hemoptyses [coughing up of blood], and there is a remarkable 
improvement in appetite and the general condition 

In 1902 Dr. Minchin published an article entitled “The Successful Treatment of Tuberculosis and 
Lupus by Garlic.” He was quoted as saying: 

I look upon it as a perfectly safe treatment, and also an efficient one in all cases of 
pulmonary tuberculosis in nearly all moderately-advanced cases, and in those in a very 
advanced stage. Its action is fairly rapid... I have had so much success with it that I have 
come to look upon few cases of consumption as hopeless 

In 1904 an interesting study was published about guinea pigs who were exposed to tuberculosis. 
The group that was fed a daily diet of garlic stayed free of infection. However, the control group 
that was not fed garlic became infected. 

[Dr. Carrazzani] believes that a sufficiently generous use of garlic in tuberculosis will 
produce immunity against infection. Of a group of guinea pigs kept in an atmosphere 
charged with tubercle bacilli, those whose daily diet had contained one gm. of garlic 
were found at the end of three months to be free from tuberculosis, while the others were 


badly infected... The views of Dr. Carrazzani include a hint at an explanation for the 
comparatively low death rate from pulmonary tuberculosis among the Italians, both in 
their own countty, and in America. 12221 

A 1917 article showed that, of 56 different treatments tried in the Metropolitan Hospital in New 
York, garlic proved to be the best against tuberculosis. Garlic was also found to be effective 
against whooping cough. 

William Charles Minchin writing in the Medical Press and Circular for June 13, 1917, 
gives the results of years of special study of the therapeutic action of oil of garlic. This oil 
is composed of allylsulphide with volatile terpenes, and would appear to be Nature’s 
antiseptic for internal use, destroying many pathogenic germs within the body, and being 
at the same time harmless to the tissues... In the treatment of whooping cough Minchin 
has found garlic to be most efficacious. In the case of adults an inhalation offresh 
succusallii sativa, rapidly relieves the distressing symptoms. It must be used, however, 
continuously from three to five hours for two or three days in order to produce the best 
results. In the case of infants and young children 20 minims to half a dram of the juice of 
garlic taken internally every four hours in a little syrup gives speedy relief in the early 
stages. The author lays special emphasis upon the beneficial effects of garlic in the 
treatment of tuberculosis, and he quotes the results obtained by the staff of the 
Metropolitan Hospital, New York, in the treatment of 1082 cases of tuberculosis 
according to fifty-six different methods, out of which garlic gave the best results. 12221 

Modern science is confirming what has been known for hundreds of years—garlic is effective in 
helping the body fight infections. A 2003 study examined the use of orally ingested garlic against 
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), which is now a common and deadly 
pathogen that is resistant to many conventional antibiotics. They concluded that garlic “inhibited 
the growth of and killed MRSA.... in a dose-dependent manner.” 12 ^ 

Echinacea, also called purple coneflower, has a long history of use in treating infections. It works 
by strengthening the immune system to better fight off infections, particularly in the early onset 
of a cold or the flu. This 1901 article describes the remarkable effect of echinacea on smallpox. 
Even in the worst type known as confluent smallpox, there was a steady improvement when 
echinacea was taken internally and used as a body lotion. 

Dr. Joseph Adolphus writes: “I have seen the beneficial action of Echinacea in two 
epidemics. The remedy in smallpox modified the severity of the disease, restrained 
suppuration [discharge ofpus], checked the severity of symptoms and promoted 
convalescence. Ifrequently saw cases of severe confluent type, wherein the symptoms 
were of a serious kind, high fever, delirium, some with coma, abominably offensive odor 
of body and breath, urine nearly suppressed, steadily improve when taken internally, and 
used as a lotion over the whole body. ” 2221 

In 1904 Dr. Mathews discussed the remarkable effects of echinacea, not only in blood infections 
but also in treating smallpox and anthrax. He noted that in cases of anthrax, the formation of 
boils could be “stopped” with the use of echinacea. It was also kn own to relieve bum pain almost 
“instantly.” 


...with the gratifying experiences in relieving many almost helpless conditions of the 
various forms of blood poison, leads me to believe that in echinacea we have the best and 
at the same time the safest of all the remedies of its class. In the treatment of typhoid fever 
it seems especially valuable and can be given without interruption from the start to the 
close of the disease with any kind of temperature without any fear of dosing the patient 
any irreparable damage, but with an assurance that if properly administered the severity 
of the disease will be modified and less liable to have complications, and shorten its 
duration... Given in smallpox it lessens aching and shortens thefebrial [fever]period, 
and beyond question robs the stage ofpostulation of its frightful consequences. As a 
remedy for anthrax it exerts such an influence that the formation of new colonies of 
boils can almost certainly be stopped... As a remedy for burns I have never seen its 
equal. It relieves pain and burning sensation almost instantly 

In 1905 Dr. C. S. Chamberlin extolled the virtues of echinacea in sepsis, which is an infection 
that has spread into the bloodstream. He believed it was a very powerful treatment that prevented 
the loss of life and limb. 

In my own experience the results attending in the use of Echinacea have convinced me 
that there is no remedy of so great a treatment of cases of septic infection, and I have 
repeatedly used it in cases of septicemia following wounds of the extremities, which I am 
confident, by any other means of treatment, would have resulted in the loss of the limb 
and possibly the life of the patient 

It is likely that most people were so nutrient deficient that supplementing with substances 
containing vitamins and enzymes made a big difference. 

Jicama 

In the 1890s, General Rivera of the Mexican Anny was faced with the illness of typhus fever in 
many of his men. A local woman administered a remedy to the soldiers with surprisingly good 
results. The remedy was a preparation of jicama, a sweet root vegetable native to Mexico and 
Central and South America. This lost hero of history used a root vegetable to treat more than 
4,000 cases of pneumonia or typhus for free. Amazingly, every person was cured, and there were 
no reported deaths. This is especially remarkable considering that those particular diseases had 
very high mortality rates during that time. 

Gen. Aureliano Rivera, one of the bravest and most celebrated officers of the Mexican 
Army, has done more during the past five months toward suppressing the typhus fever 
epidemic in Mexico than all the physicians of the country combined. In one of his 
campaigns in the State of Oajaca, about a year ago, Gen. Rivera had among his troops a 
number of men ill with typhus fever. A woman in the town near which he was camped was 
permitted to administer a remedy to the patients. The results were surprisingly good, all 
the men recovering speedily from the disease. The General asked the woman if the 
medicine was a secret. She answered that it was merely a preparation of jicama, a 
farinaceous root... Within the past few months, it having been noised abroad that Gen. 
Rivera was gratuitously distributing a medicine that was a cure for typhus, so many 
Indians besieged his residence that he was obliged to open there a room as a dispensaiy, 


and daily he gives doses of the jicama free to hundreds ofpoor people who ask for it. In 
the past year it is estimated that Gen. Rivera has treated over 4,000 cases, and there has 
not been one death. Every person attacked with pneumonia or typhus who has taken 
the marvelous remedy had been cured. The root has never been analyzed by chemists 
and its properties are unknown f^®- 

Fresh juice 

A 1905 article in the New York Times discussed a cure for tuberculosis that was developed by Dr. 
Russell. His treatment was vegetable juices, which cured patients who suffered from active 
tuberculosis. 

Dr. Russell says he has found a combination offoods which seems effective in the 
destruction of the bacilli of tuberculosis. The most beneficial item in the food combination 
—consisting of butter, bread, eggs, milk, and emulsion — is, he says, vegetable juices. 

Since the introduction of this juice the report records remarkable results among the 
tuberculosis patients. The fluid, which Dr. Russell and his colleagues at the Post- 
Graduate believe to have beneficial properties, is the combined juice of every kind of 
vegetable to be had in the market. It has been in regular use at the hospital along with the 
regular diet since Jan. 7. It is now recorded that in the first five months of this year 
eleven patients were discharged “apparently cured, ” against a record number of thirteen 
cures effected during the whole of 1904. This sudden increase, and the fact that the 
patients are still thriving upon the vegetable-juice treatment, lead the examiners to 
believe that Dr. Russell has discovered a fluid, the properties of which are fatal to the 
progress of tuberculosis... The vegetables first used were potato, onion, beet, turnip, 
cabbage, and celery. Later were added sweet potato, apple, pineapple, carrot, parsnip, 
and later still rhubarb, (pieplant), summer squash, tomato, spinach, radishes, string 
beans, and green peas with the pods . imi 

In 1906 Dr. Russell published a 126-page book on his treatment for tuberculosis. The first part of 
the book discussed the treatment protocol. The rest was devoted to the detailed case histories of 
the 55 patients who were carefully studied. People were allowed in the study only if they were 
confirmed to have tuberculosis, and they were only declared cured after they were determined to 
be free of tubercle bacilli. Dr. Russell’s treatment protocol involved a healthy lifestyle, including 
vegetable juices. Remarkably, all 55 people treated in the study were cured. 

Pulmonary Tuberculosis is a disease of malnutrition. The plan of treatment is based upon 
what is universally accepted as the most rational method for the relief of the disease, viz.: 
fresh air and sunlight in abundance, good food, plenty of sleep, regulated exercise, care 
of sputum and attention to the small things of daily life which are known to influence 
nutrition favorably... The coming of the patients to the dispensary twice each day gives 
the opportunity to educate them how best to live according to their means. They come 
ostensibly only to drink emulsion and vegetable juice... im} 

Later research in the 1950s showed that at least part of the beneficial anti-bacterial effect of 
vegetable juices was lycopene. 


...in the 1950s, investigators at the Karolinska Institute, in an attempt to extract an anti¬ 
bacterial substance from non-pathogenic bacteria, discovered that the tomato juice used 
in the culture media contained an effective anti-bacterial agent. Further characterization 
of the lipophilic fraction resulted in the discovery that the lycopene in the tomato juice 
was the active agent. ;mi 

Dr. Max Gerson was another pioneer doctor who, in the 1930s to 1950s, used fruit and vegetable 
juices, a carefully selected vegetarian diet, and vitamin and mineral therapy to heal tuberculosis, 
type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, cancer, and other chronic conditions. His legacy 
lives on today through his daughter Charlotte in San Diego California’s Gerson Institute. The 
Gerson Therapy activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, 
vegetarian diet, raw juices, coffee enemas, and natural supplements. 

Apple cider vinegar 

Vinegar is a common food product made through fermentation of a variety of sources. Apple 
cider vinegar is an old folk remedy for high cholesterol, sore throats, sinus infections, and many 
other conditions. An 1877 article described Dr. Roth’s success using vinegar for smallpox 
prophylaxis. 

D. G. Oliphant, M.D., of Toronto, Canada, having read the article on the use of Acetic 
acid in scarlet fever, writes of a “vinegar cure ” as applied to small pox. Dr. Roth first 
claimed wonderful success in treatment regarding vinegar more reliable as a 
prophylactic in small-pox than Belladonna in scarlet fever. Dr. Roth gave both to the 
sick and to the exposed two table-spoonfuls of vinegar, after breakfast and at evening, 
for fourteen days. Few persons thus treated took the disease at all. None who adopted 
the prophylactic treatment died, while among those under ordinary treatment the 
mortality was as usual. 11121 

In 1899 Dr. Howe also demonstrated vinegar’s ability to protect a person from acquiring 
smallpox. Those who used the vinegar protocol were able to take care of other people with 
smallpox without fear of contracting the disease. The author notes that, despite several hundred 
exposures, vinegar was protective against smallpox and was considered an “established fact.” 

The vinegar treatment as a preventative against the contagion of smallpox, discovered by 
Dr. C. F. Howe, county health officer of Atchison, Kansas, has passed the point of mere 
theory and is now an established fact, having been efficient in several hundred cases of 
exposure in the city of Atchison and Atchison county. Many of these exposures have been 
the nurse, as well as many others that it was impossible to isolate from the original case 
of smallpox for the want of room. In other words, anyone, vaccinated or not, can nurse a 
case of smallpox without fear of contracting the disease if, at the same time, they use 
the vinegar in tablespoonful doses four times daily in half a cup of water. It can be 
taken in less amount for small children or more by adults. 11121 

Again, in 1901 Professor MacLean promoted the idea of using apple cider vinegar three or four 
times a day to protect a person from contracting smallpox. 


J.P. MacLean Ph.D., the renowned “anti” Secretary of the Western Reserve P[istorical 
Society, having readily overthrown the conclusions of all the great men who for a century 
past have been convinced of the efficacy of vaccination for the prevention of smallpox, 
now comes to the front in the newspapers with the real preventative. “ Any person who 
has been exposed need have no fear of smallpox if he will take two or three 
tablespoonfuls ofpure cider vinegar three or four times a day. ” The discussion may 
now be regarded as closed, and smallpox at last is conquered! What a pity Secretary 
MacLean Ph.D. has been so long in expounding his great discovery... Acetic acid from 
the juice of the grape must by no means be substituted for acetic acid from the juice of the 
apple. 1 ™ 1 

Today we know that apple cider vinegar is a highly effective disinfectant and also alkalizes the 
body, which would naturally lead it to be more disease resistant. In addition, it contains 
potassium and numerous enzymes that aid in digestion, has antiscorbutic properties, and has 
been used effectively for numerous health issues since ancient times. Prebiotics that feed 
probiotics are also present in quantity. 

In 1902 Dr. G. W. Harvey discussed the merits of vinegar in the use against smallpox. He also 
stated that, from his experience, it was effective in diphtheria. 

Vinegar and cider are both known to possess prophylactic and curative properties 
against smallpox, and should be tried thoroughly. I know from personal experience that 
vinegar is an antidote to the poison of diphtheria, and I have so much confidence in it 
that I use it in every case of that malady, and I have my first case to lose. ™ 1 

The apple cider vinegar used in these instances would have been raw unfdtered and 
unpasteurized, which is what most health experts recommend today. 

Apple cider vinegar might seem silly, but only because most people have been conditioned to 
accept the age-old prophylaxis for smallpox: raw, disease-laden, contaminated pus scrapings 
from an infected animal’s (usually a cow) belly, diluted in glycerin, and scratched into the 
human arm with a metal prong until the arm was raw and bleeding. What seems sillier now? 

Cod liver oil 

Cod liver oil is a nutrient-rich supplement that helps maintain a healthy immune system. 
Physicians of past generations bestowed great confidence in the therapeutic virtues of cod liver 
oil, especially in the treatment of infections such as tuberculosis. 

The unquestioned value possessed by cod-liver oil in all conditions of reduced vitality... 
has won for it the most extensive use and firmly established it in the medical profession’s 
favor. Not alone in chronic mal-nutrition, has its worth been demonstrated, but also as a 
builder of tissue and a restorative in convalescence, especially in that state following 
acute lung and bronchial inflammations.™ 1 

...there is no doubt that cod-liver oil is an important remedy in tuberculosis, even if only 
for the fact that it contains a considerable proportion of easily assimilable fat, and may 


be used as a food rather than a drug 

Puerperal fever, also kn own as childbed fever, is a bacterial infection contracted by women 
during childbirth or miscarriage. Before doctors were knowledgeable about bacteria, they caused 
the majority of cases of puerperal fever themselves because they did not believe in hand washing 
and would not heed the sound words of Drs. Ignaz Semmelweis and Oliver Wendell Holmes. In 
1929 Mellanby and Green published work that showed an amazing 66 percent decline in the 
death rate of needlessly infected women after they were given cod liver oil. 

Physicians at the County of Lanark Maternity Hospital near Edinburgh conducted a 
large trial that confirmed the findings of Green and Mellanby. Treatment with cod-liver 
oil reduced the incidence ofpuerperal fever by an impressive two-thirds. {mi 


Silver 

Colloidal silver is a liquid suspension of microscopic silver particles. It is still recommended by 
many in the alternative medicine field as a broad-spectrum anti-infective agent. In 1901 Dr. 
Dworetzky reported on 10 cases in which he used silver to treat various types of serious 
infections. The patients all greatly improved with the treatment, and many were described as 
being “entirely cured” within a short period of time. 

Colloidal silver has the property of killing and destroying all the pathogenic bacteria that 
may be circulating in the blood after they have broken through the natural barriers that 
oppose their entrance into the circulation, and probably also of neutralizing their toxins 
and rendering them harmless. The action of this ‘'metallic antitoxin ” was manifested by 
the rapid disappearance of all the symptoms of general intoxication, the fall in the 
temperature, and the improvement in the pulse that was apparent in all cases... There is a 
great future before this new remedy, which is one of the most reliable weapons for the 
combating of septic wound infection and septic general infection , nm 

In 1918, during the flu pandemic when millions died, an outbreak of influenza aboard a ship 
appeared to have been successfully controlled through the use of colloidal silver applied to the 
eyes and nose. 

During a part of the month of September, 1918, the ship was moored to the dock at 
Norfolk, Va. An influenza epidemic was in evidence, so the crew was immediately 
restricted to ship. Plans were devised by the medical officer by which the disease might 
be retarded in its rapid spread. A prophylactic treatment consisting of colloidal silver, 10 
per cent in the eyes and nose twice each daily, proved very successful in every way, as the 
cases developing in the crew diminished rapidly. 12221 

These successful interventions were all essentially forgotten. If they had been more widely used, 
and used in combination, they may have changed the world view of disease management into 
one that supports what nature has already provided. Instead, the dominant medical paradigm 
stepped up and employed diseased animal matter injections into the skin of healthy people to 
supposedly impart immunity. 


17. Belief and Fear 


The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear—fear of the unknown, the complex, 
the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety. 

- Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) 

Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which 
case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: “There are 
three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. ” 

- Mark Twain (1835-1910) 

Not a scintilla of truth as to the benefit of vaccination or of anti-diphtheritic serum, is in 
existence, except statistics. And statistics are lies. Two kinds of lies. Deliberate lies and 
stupid lies. I have spent too much time behind the scenes where medical statistics are made 

to have a particle of faith in them. 

-F. N. Seitz, Mechano-Therapy Specialist, 1908 

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest, 
but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of 

opinion without the discomfort of thought. 

- John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) 

Belief and fear are powerful influences to the psyche. Because hierarchical powers have 
exploited these human vulnerabilities, they have unfortunately shaped the world. 

People are led to believe that because the world is a dangerous place, only governments and 
large institutions can provide protection because they are bigger and more knowledgeable than 
small communities. Rules and restrictions are put in place. Those who believe this lose trust in 
their own capability and thus surrender thinking and decision making to others. 

Doctors are no exception to this phenomenon. Medical practitioners cede their independent 
thinking to texts, advisory panels, and traditions, which vary depending on political influences of 
the times. 

In medical school, doctors are taught to view the human body as a random mistake-ridden vessel 
that has to be forced into submission with surgery, antibiotics, antihypertensives, antihistamines, 
anti-inflammatories, and other medical interventions. The natural extension of this paradigm over 
the past 100 years has been for the medical profession to condition human beings not to trust 
anyone but certified medical doctors to fix these defective aberrations of creation. 



In the late 1800s, Dr. Charles Creighton wrote a comprehensive report that was published in the 
Encyclopedia BritannicaP^- His contribution, which presented a great deal of detail, found 
many serious problems with the medically promoted procedure of the time called vaccination. 
He critiqued numerous facets, including the history of Edward Jenner’s discovery, risks of 
vaccination, effectiveness of vaccination and revaccination, and vaccination legislation. 

His piece also contained numerous data tables that did not reinforce the benefit of vaccination, 
including figures of deaths from the skin disease erysipelas after smallpox vaccination. By 1903 
the Encyclopedia Britannica contained the same piece, but with all the tables removed.- 11221 

By 1922 Dr. Creighton’s vaccination contribution was completely eliminated and replaced with a 
new entry, “Vaccine therapy.” 12211 This item contained only a brief paragraph that referred to the 
original smallpox vaccine invented by Edward Jenner. It stated that smallpox vaccination 
provided immunity, and if by chance smallpox was contracted in a vaccinated person, the disease 
would only run a “mild” course. 12211 

The rest of the article discussed different applications of vaccine therapy and concluded that 
vaccination would eventually find even more applications and become recognized as an 
important tool to combat disease. Ideology and myth had displaced verified historical 
documentation. The history of the phenomenally successful non-vaccinating experience in 
Leicester, the documented vaccine-related diseases and deaths, the 1872 smallpox pandemic, the 
fact that smallpox had shifted to a mild disease in spite of declining vaccination rates, the 
spreading of foot-and-mouth disease via vaccines, and the amazingly successful use of apple 
cider vinegar against smallpox were all trampled under the heels of conventional medicine’s 
growing dominance. 

The new literature that was distributed to the public and doctors was predominantly mythology 
about “Tenner’s great discovery.” From here, the idea of dangerous germs and lifesaving 
vaccines came to dominate medical and societal thinking. 

Vaccination was successfully implanted into the minds of the masses as the most effective means 
to prevent disease. Next came diphtheria antitoxin in 1895, and then diphtheria vaccination 
starting in 1920. A cascade of research on vaccines for other diseases was subsequently funded 
and pursued with great enthusiasm. Not surprisingly, after 1900, while provocation polio was on 
the rise, so was the practice of many intramuscular injections for many vaccines and medical 
treatments. Here are the vaccines that were used in New Zealand at the end of 1911: 

• Acne Vaccine (Mixed) 

• Acne Bacillus vaccine 

• Coley’s Fluid 

• Coli Bacillus Vaccine 

• Combined Vaccines for colds. 

• Catarrhalis Micrococcus Vaccine 

• Dipth. Anti Sera, 

• Friedlander Bacillus Vaccine 

• Gonococcus Vaccine 

• Influenza Bacillus Vaccine 


• Meningococcus Anti Serum. 

• Plague (Haffkine’s Prophylactic) 

• Pituitary Extract (Valporole) 

• Pneumococcus Vaccine 

• Staphylococcus vaccine (mixed) 

• Staphylococcus Vaccine (Aureus) 

• Staphylococcus Anti Serum, (Polyvalent) 

• Staphylococcus Anti Sera, Puerperal Fever 

• Staphylococcus Anti Sera, Pyogenes 

• Staphylococcus Anti Sera, Rheumatic Fever 

• Staphylococcus Anti Sera, Erysipelas, 

• New Tuberculin T.R. (Koch) 

• New Tuberculin T.R. (Azoules) 

• New Tuberculin T.R. (Koch), (Eucius and Bruning.) 

• Tuberculin for Von Piquet’s reaction. 

• Tuberculin (Old) Human (Koch) 

• Tuberculin (Old) Bovine (Koch) 

• Tubercle Emulsion (Lucius and Bruning) 

• Tubercle Vaccine 0.0005 mgm 

• Tubercle Vaccine 0.0001 mgm. 

• Normal Horse Serum. 

• Tubercle, Moist, for opsonic estimation. 

• Staphylococcus Albus Vaccine, 

• Tubercle for conjunctival test. 

• Typhoid Bacillus Vaccine 

• Tetanus Anti Serum 22221 

That list might seem bizarre, but the same type of bamboozlement was occurring in the United 
States. Senate hearing minutes from 1972 reveal the details of the 32 “worthless vaccines” that 
were licensed and on the market. 12221 The estimated cost of the vaccines, which were “of little 
value and perhaps even harmful,” was estimated to be “astronomical.” Some of the vaccines had 
been on the market for 20 years. 

Here is the list: 

1. Product A Bacterial vaccine mixed respiratory 

2. Product B Respiratory UBA 

3. Product C Staphylococcus-streplococcus UBA 

4. Product D Combined vaccine No. 4 with catarrhalis 

5. Product E Mixed vaccine No. 4 with H. influenzae 

6. Product F Staphylococcus vaccine 

7. Product G Entoral 

8. Product H Typhoid H. antigen 

9. Product I Vacagen tablets 

10. Product J Brucellin antigen 

11. Product K Staphylo-strepto serobacterin vaccine 

12. Product L Catarrhalis serobacterin vaccine mixed 



13. Product M Sensitized bacterial vaccine H. influenzae serobacterin in vaccine mixed 

14. Product N Staphage lysate type I 

15. Product O Staphage lysate type III 

16. Product P Staphage lysate types I and III 

17. Product Q Catarrhalis combined vaccine 

18. Product R Strepto-staphylo vatox 

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The manufacturers included Eli-Lilly, Merck Sharp & Dohme, and Parke Davis. 

From the beginning, vaccination was promoted by vastly exaggerating the benefits, and 
unrealized promises were repeatedly made. Whenever possible, any problems or disasters were 
concealed from the public. In the early 1900s, Dr. Charles Cyril Okell, a high-ranking expert in 
the field of infectious diseases, 12221 wrote numerous articles published in a wide variety of 
medical journals. He pioneered the first attempts (on himself) using a scarlet fever bacteria toxin 
in the United States. Shortly before his premature death in 1939, he wrote his final work, which 
was effectively a deathbed confession. In it, he noted the gross distortion of the benefits of 
vaccination and the concealment of mistakes. 

...the immunisation of the masses has been undertaken with almost a religious fervour. 
The enthusiast rarely stopped to wonder where it would all finish or whether the fulsome 
promises made to the public in the form of “propaganda” would ever be honoured. 
Without propaganda there can, of course, be no large-scale immunisation, but how 
perilous it is to mix up propaganda with scientific fact. If we baldly [in plain or basic 
language] told the whole truth it is doubtful whether the public would submit to 
immunization... Accidents and mistakes must inevitably happen and when they take 
place what might have been a highly instructive lesson is usually suppressed or distorted 
out of recognition. Those who have had to take detailed notice of the immunisation 
accidents of the past few years know that to get the truth of what really went wrong 
generally calls for the resources of something like the secret service , i2m 

During this time of vaccine obsession, infectious agents were mistakenly envisaged as causative 
for many medical conditions. Pellagra caused diarrhea, dermatitis, dementia, and death. Today it 
is kn own to be caused by niacin or tryptophan deficiency. However, there was a time when 


doctors believed that pellagra was induced by a virus. Dr. Ralph Scobey remarked on pellagra in 
1952. 


Harris (1913) was able to inject... filtered tissue material from pellagra victims into 
monkeys to cause a corresponding disease in these experimental animals. He concluded 
from these experiments that a virus was present in the injected material and that was the 
cause ofpellagra. If the work of Harris had been followed exclusively, various strains of 
“virus ” might have been discovered and a vaccine, effective in experimental animals 
might have been developed... iml 

Perceived risk of a disease seems to increase after the development of a vaccine. For instance, 
measles and chicken pox were widely thought to be routine childhood illnesses until the vaccines 
were available. Then, concern over complications of infection moved to the forefront of 
discussion. After the risks were broadcast, fear set in, and most people quickly give up their 
responsibility and decision making. They thought they were accepting a smaller risk to avoid a 
bigger one. Belief and fear merge and keep the majority obedient to vaccine mandates. There 
may have been some protest from parents who knew measles and chicken pox were normal and 
harmless childhood illnesses, but eventually those voices became silent. 

Opposition to vaccination was and still is deemed to be only from those who don’t understand 
science and, because of their foolhardy resistance, can bring on more disease and death. From his 
2011 book Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All, Dr. Paul Offit 
discusses his belief in Edward .Tenner and the first vaccine. 

In 1796, Edward Jenner invented a vaccine that eliminated smallpox from the face of the 
earth... In 1898, the British government finally gave in, appeasing angry citizens by 
passing a conscientious-objection law. People who didn 7 want to get a vaccine didn 7 
have to. Within a year, the government issued more than two hundred thousand 
certificates of conscientious objection. By the late 1890s, vaccine rates plummeted. In 
Leicester 80 percent of babies were unvaccinated... Anti-vaccine forces had won the 
day... As a result, England became Europe’s epicenter of smallpox disease and death. 

For anti-vaccine activists in England, the freedom to choose had become the freedom to 
die from that choice . J ^ 

What is conspicuously missing is evidence to support the statements made. Data and graphs are 
not presented to prove what he says, which in turn influences what other doctors believe. Paul 
Offit simply makes the statement that England had become an “epicenter of smallpox disease 
and death” in the late 1800s. The belief that Offit is an expert in infectious diseases and thus an 
expert on history and vaccination overrides any need for his readers to request proof of his 
statements. 

In a 2011 article, Saad Omer made a similar statement on how the decrease in the use of the 
smallpox vaccine resulted in a resurgence of smallpox. The decline in vaccination was, according 
to Omer, a result of “irregular physicians” who did not follow the orthodox medical model. 

Despite the challenges inherent in establishing a reliable and safe vaccine delivery 
system, vaccination became widely accepted as an effective tool for preventing smallpox 


through the middle of the 19th century, and the incidence of smallpox declined between 
1802 and 1840. In the 1850s, “irregular physicians, the advocates of unorthodox medical 
theories, ” led challenges to vaccination. Vaccine use decreased, and smallpox made a 
major reappearance in the 1870s. imi 

Statements like this that influence mass belief are not borne through evidence or historical 
documentation. In many places in the world, including Leicester, England, vaccination rates had 
been high through the 1800s. Strict laws in England, Massachusetts, Chicago, and other places 
ensured extremely high vaccination rates of 90 percent or more. Despite this, there were repeat 
epidemics of smallpox which culminated in the 1872 smallpox pandemic that killed large 
numbers throughout the world, even in populations that were highly vaccinated. 

By the 1880s, vaccination rates had declined in Leicester and in England. Conventional thinking 
of the time falsely predicted that there would be a resurgence of disease and death from smallpox 
as it would “spread like wildfire” through the unvaccinated population. Despite the dire 
predictions, the Leicester Method was effectively implemented in place of vaccination for the 
next 60 years (Graph 17.1). 


Note that the graph (17.1) shows that there was almost always a spike up in smallpox deaths coincident with 
increased vaccination coverage. This fact is opposite to conventional medical belief. 


Graph 17.1 (below): Leicester, England, smallpox mortality rate vs. smallpox vaccination coverage from 1849 

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Data was gathered showing a greater fatality rate in those vaccinated versus not vaccinated. In 
this 1928 letter published in the British Medical Journal, the author noted his and the almost 
“universal medical belief’ in vaccination while presenting statistics showing the opposite for the 
years 1923-1926. 

“ ...the fatality rate among vaccinated cases was just five times as great as among 
unvaccinated cases. ”t^ 2 l 

There were those in the medical community who were relieved that the failure of compulsory 
vaccination never gained much public scrutiny. Instead, the focus was shifted to new types of 
vaccinations. 

Compulsory vaccination which once had the suffrage of the nation has now hardly a 
serious supporter. We are ashamed to jettison the idea completely and perhaps afraid 
that if we did the accident of some future epidemic might put us in the wrong. We prefer 
to let compulsory vaccination die a natural death and are relieved that the general 
public is not curious enough to demand an inquest. In the meantime our attention is 
diverted to other and newer forms of immunisation. 1 ^ 

All the problems from smallpox vaccination have long been forgotten. Officially recorded deaths 
from cowpox and other effects of vaccination, including the dreaded skin condition of erysipelas, 
are never mentioned. Jaundice and syphilis were also spread through the practice of ann-to-ann 
vaccination. 

Smallpox vaccination’s virtually unchallenged belief momentum has existed for so many 
decades that it is rarely contemplated, let alone challenged. Most history books that make 
mention of Edward Jenner’s discovery quickly conclude, without any or with only scant 
evidence, that it was only of enormous benefit. Some mention in more detail the anti-vaccine 
movement, but it is always cast in the light that foolish, uneducated protestors were in dangerous 
opposition to settled science. 

In actuality, the facts show the opposite of the belief (Graph 17.2). As vaccination rates declined 
in England, so did the deaths from smallpox. 


Graph 17.2 (below): England and Wales smallpox mortality rate vs. smallpox vaccine coverage rates from 

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In his book, Paul Offit also states that, before the use of the pertussis vaccine, 7,000 deaths 
occurred each year from whooping cough, and afterward there were only about 30 deaths. 

Whooping cough (pertussisj is a devastating infection. Before a vaccine was first used in 
the United States in the 1940s, about three hundred thousand cases of whooping cough 
caused seven thousand deaths every year, almost all in young children. Now, because of 
the pertussis vaccine, fewer than thirty children die every year from the disease. But times 
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Table of Pertussis Deaths in Five Year Segments 


Year Total Population Deaths 

1926 10,331117,399,000 

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A 1988 paper in the medical journal Pediatrics made a similarly inaccurate claim. The table 
above shows the official numbers from two 5-year periods 20 years apart. By the time the 
pertussis vaccine was introduced in the late 1940s, the total deaths were on average about 1,200, 
not 7,000.^1 

What is more notable is that, during those 20 years, the population increased by about 25 
percent. Such a large increase in population makes it important to determine a normalized death 
rate. From normalized numbers, we can see that the deaths per 100,000 had decreased by 85 
percent during those 20 years. The odds of dying from whooping cough had dramatically 
decreased from 1 in 15,625 to 1 in 125,000. This change occurred before the use of any 
vaccine. The clear downward trend in the death rate before the introduction of the vaccine is 
never acknowledged. 

Many vaccine enthusiasts claim that antibiotics were also responsible for the decline in 
morbidity and mortality. But the death rate from whooping cough had been declining since the 
1920s, long before antibiotics were used in the United States. An examination of the data from 
1920 onward shows a continuous downward trend in the death rate from whooping cough (Graph 
17.3). It is difficult to see any significant impact on overall death rate after the introduction of the 
whooping cough vaccine program. A magnified view of the same data from 1940 to 1970 also 
shows a continuous downward decline in death rate (Graph 17.4). 


Graph 17.3: United States whooping cough mortality rate from 1920 to 1985. 





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Graph 17.3: United States whooping cough mortality rate from 1920 to 1985. 
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Graph 17.4: United States whooping cough mortality rate from 1940 to 1970. 


If pertussis vaccination was important to the overall decline in deaths, there should be a large 
noticeable drop in the death rate shortly after the introduction of the vaccine. Yet there is no 
observable effect. The statement “because of the pertussis vaccine, fewer than thirty children die 
every year from the disease” is not supported by the official data. Clearly, like smallpox, other 
factors were involved in the change of whooping cough from a significant killer to a milder 
disease. 

In the 1970s, England experienced a large drop in pertussis vaccination rates. The data shows 
that there was no massive increase in deaths as would have been expected if vaccination 
impacted mortality. Authors from a 1984 study confirm that “fears about whooping cough 
vaccine caused a dramatic fall in immunisation rates and in consequence a large increase of 
notifications. Despite this increase the number of deaths has not risen.. ”UM 

The prediction that there would be 7,000 annual deaths from whooping cough without 
vaccination had absolutely no basis in reality. 

Paul Offit discussed the same decrease in DTP vaccination in England in the early 1970s. As 
vaccination rates dropped, it was believed that there would be a severe epidemic which would 
result in increased deaths from whooping cough. 

The year before [1975] Wilson’s paper, 79 percent of British children were immunized. 

By 1977, the rate had fallen to 31 percent. As a consequence, more than a hundred 
thousand children contracted whooping cough, five thousand were hospitalized; two 
hundred had severe pneumonia; eighty suffered seizures; and thirty-six died. It was one 
of the worst epidemics of whooping cough in modern history. 


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Was this, in fact, an out-of-the-ordinary epidemic? Since Dr. Offit does not specify the years he 
used to obtain his 36 deaths or provide any reference, we have to go to the official data ourselves 
and locate the area in question. 1 ^ The years from 1976 to 1980 (items denoted by ** in the 
table) were the ones when vaccination rates were at their lowest. Using official statistics, the 
number of deaths in those years totaled 35, which is almost exactly the same number that Dr. 
Offit used in his claim. The deaths from the previous 5 years, 1971 to 1975 (dash outlined 
box in the table), while vaccination rates were higher, totaled 55, or about 1.5 times greater 
than what Dr. Offit describes as the “worst epidemic in modern history.” 

Deaths from 1974, when vaccination rates were near their peak of 77 percent, were about the 
same as the year with the lowest vaccination rate of 31 percent in 1978. Even more startling is 
that, during the year 1971, when vaccination rates were at their peak of 78 percent, deaths 
were the highest, at more than two times the rate of 1978 when vaccinations were at their 
lowest, 31 percent. 

Examining data starting from 1940, 17 years before pertussis vaccination began in England in 
1957, it is clear that there was a general downward trend in deaths (Graph 17.5). Whooping 
cough deaths were on the decline as they had been for about 100 years and were essentially 
unaffected by the amount of vaccination coverage. The official data does not match Paul Offit’s 
declaration that the pertussis vaccine is responsible for the enormous decline in deaths. 


Graph 17.5 (below): England and Wales whooping cough mortality from 1940 to 2008. 



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A similar interpretation of historical data on measles can be found in a 1980 paper from the 
American Journal of Public Health. The authors state: 

Death rates due to measles have paralleled measles case rates and have shown a striking 
decline since the licensure of measles vaccine in 1963. 

The authors include a graph (17.6) showing a large decline in measles deaths after 1963. This 
information is presented as a logarithmic graph that magnifies the small change in the death rate 
after 1963. On the other hand, a graph (17.7) displaying the percent decline from the peak death 
using the exact same data shows that before 1963, the death rate had already decreased by more 
than 98 percent. A “striking” decline of 98 percent before 1963 is not mentioned at all by the 
study authors. 

Graph 17.6 (below!: United States measles mortality rate from 1912 to 1975 on a logarithm plot. 














Graph 17.6 (above): United States measles mortality rate from 1912 to 1975 on a logarithm plot. 
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Graph 17.7 (above): United States measles mortality rate from 1912 to 1975 in percent from the peak. 


In a 2007 article from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the authors 
indicated that from 1953 to 1962, an average of 440 people died from measles. By 2004, 
however, the death rate had fallen to zero, indicating a 100 percent reduction in deaths attributed 
completely to the vaccine.Again, although this in formation is technically accurate, it 
misleads by omission of the understanding of the massive reduction in deaths before the 
introduction of the vaccine. From the data, it is evident that through the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, 
the death rate had significantly declined, and any impact from the measles vaccine was minimal 
(Graph 17.8). 


Graph 17.8 (below): United States measles mortality rate from 1930. 

















Graph 17.8 (above): United States measles mortality rate from 1930. 


Data from England and Wales shows that there was a massive decline in death from measles well 
before the introduction of the measles vaccine. The graph (17.9) displaying the percent decline 
from the peak death rate exhibits that the mortality rate for measles had fallen by almost 100 
percent before the use of the vaccine in England in 1968. 

Graph 17.9 (below): England and Wales scarlet fever, measles, and whooping cough percent from peak 

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Graph 17.9 (above): England and Wales scarlet fever, measles, and whooping cough percent from peak 

mortalityrates from 1838 to 1978. 


In that same 2007 JAMA article, the authors show that from 1934 to 1943, 4,034 people died 
from whooping cough, and by 2004 there were a mere 27 deaths. They state that there was a 
decline in “pertussis deaths by 99.3 percent” because of the vaccine. This statement is 
disingenuous and, as usual, leaves out the details of the bigger picture. As you can see in Graph 
17.3, whooping cough deaths had been on the decline well in advance of the vaccine, which was 
obviously not the major factor in that decline. A bigger infectious killer during the 1800s, scarlet 
fever, which was eradicated without the use of a mass vaccination program and before the use of 
antibiotics, is not mentioned at all in the JAMA paper, presumably because it is not considered a 
vaccine-preventable disease. 

Actually, there was a scarlet fever vaccine made of strep toxin, but most people today are 
unaware of it. The vaccine was first used in 1912 in Russia and later widely in the United States, 
Hungary, and Poland. 12211 By the 1930s, the toxin vaccine was known to have serious 
consequences. 

Immunization against scarlet fever through the use of the Dick toxin has found but limited 
application because of the number of the injections required and the severity of the 
attendant reactions. 

Active immunization against scarlet fever has been practiced rather haphazardly since it 
was first introduced by the Dicks in 1924. Their method required the inoculation of the 
raw unmodified erythrogenic toxin at five weekly internals using 500, 2,000, 8,000, 

25,000, and 80,000 skin test doses. In some series, reversal of the Dick reaction was 
reported in 90% to 95% of the persons so treated. A subsequent attack rate of 0.5% in the 
inoculated as compared to 14% in some uninoculated control groups was observed. 
However, such severe reactions were encountered in from 

10% to 30%, occasionally more, of the immunized subjects that this offered serious 
objection to its widespread use 

Perhaps one of the saddest chronicles of such medical betrayal to its own is reflected in a case 
report series of student nurses who succumbed to lupus after they underwent vaccination with 
typhoid-paratyphoid vaccines followed by numerous mandatory scarlet fever toxin injections. 
All were healthy upon admission to nursing school, and all died about one year after vaccination, 
following drawn-out, painful illnesses. 

...first injection of500 skin test doses (STD) of scarlet fever streptococcus toxin with no 
ill results. One week later, the second injection of2000 STD’s was given and was 
followed by joint pains and fever. She remained in bed for 3 days at that time, but did not 
report to the health office. Nine days later, she returned and received the third injection 
of8000 STD ’s', after which she developed severe arthralgia in the fingers and knees and 
a sore throat. She was hospitalised for 5 days, during which a low grade fever was found. 
Physical findings showed a red throat and a large area of hyperemia extending from the 
site of the injection on the left arm down the forearm midway to the wrist. She received 
aspirin with some improvement and discharged on December 7, with the diagnosis Dick- 



toxin reaction. She returned to the clinic on December 12 and her inoculations were 
continued. Epinephrine usually accompanied these injections. 

The case description continued. Two months after the last lot of injections, the trainee nurse was 
readmitted to the hospital with swelling and pain of the ankles and toes and tenderness of the 
joints of both hands, which had been constant since the first Dick test five months earlier. The 
diagnosis was “rheumatic arthritis.” She was given aspirin, but two weeks later the pain came 
back and she developed chills and fever, sore throat, and cough. One month later, the trainee 
nurse was readmitted to the hospital for two weeks, and during this admission a streptococcus 
vaccine was started in small doses, but because of her severe reaction further vaccines were 
refused. The diagnosis after this admission was “rheumatoid arthritis and infectious 
mononucleosis.” Four months later, the trainee nurse noticed skin eruptions over her nose and 
both cheeks, and her saliva became foul. The skin and cheeks, upper lips, and the bridge of the 
nose were covered with purplish-red, mottled, and indurated rash eruptions. Two months later, 
the eruptions spread over much of the body. A year later, the trainee nurse died. All three cases 
in this report are equally stunning regarding the complete persistence and lack of regard for the 
damage to the nurses as it was being done. 

So, there is a reason most people haven’t heard of the scarlet fever vaccine. Vaccination belief 
today will hold up better if nobody knows about it. Certainly mandatory vaccines to health-care 
workers would come under closer scrutiny if nurses today had any idea how apparently 
disposable they have been in the past. 

We are not saying that vaccines had absolutely no impact on deaths from these infectious 
diseases, but by using historical statistics, it is clear that most authors’ claims regarding the 
lifesaving effect of vaccination are markedly exaggerated, and risk is continuously denied or 
underplayed. Despite the fact that “vaccines were responsible for the massive decline in deaths” 
is based on a false foundation, it permeates medical thinking all over the world. Statements 
found in medical literature uniformly exaggerate the benefit of vaccination. 

Today we might not think of these diseases as being very serious because, thanks to 
vaccines, we don’t see them as often as we used to. But they can still be deadly. Measles 
used to kill hundreds—sometimes thousands—ofpeople a year... Years ago, diphtheria 
was a widespread and greatly feared disease. Through the 1920s, it struck about 150,000 
people a year and killed about 15,000 of them. Since then, these figures have dropped 
considerably, thanks to parents who have gotten their children vaccinated against this 
terrible disease 

It is difficult to underestimate the contribution of immunization to our well-being. It has 
been estimated that, were it not for childhood vaccinations against diphtheria, pertussis, 
measles, mumps, smallpox, and rubella, as well as protection afforded by vaccines 
against tetanus, cholera, yellow fever, polio, influenza, hepatitis B, bacterial pneumonia, 
and rabies, childhood death rates would probably hover in the range of 20 to 50%. 

Indeed, in countries where vaccination is not practiced, the death rates among infants 
and young children remain at that level. {ml 

Nobody can deny the truth that, during the 1800s, infant mortality was extremely high. Even 


though there were decades of vaccination for smallpox, the overall child mortality remained 
unchanged (Graph 17.10). By the late 1800s and into the early 1900s, extraordinary changes 
were made that radically altered the landscape. If the smallpox vaccine was as important as 
claimed by officials, then during the era of strict vaccination laws child mortality should have 
decreased. Instead, the death rate remained flat, or in the case of children under one year of age 
the death rate actually increased during the era of strict vaccination laws and high vaccination 
rates. 


Graph 17.10 (below): Leicester, England, mortality rates by age categories and smallpox vaccine coverage 

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Earlier work by Dr. Robert Watt showed that, although there had appeared to be a decrease in 
deaths after the introduction of vaccination, deaths from other causes increased. The overall 
death rate for children remained unchanged. 

...the work of Dr. Robert Watt, who tabulated the deaths of children less than 10 years of 
age in Glasgow during the 30 years centering around the introduction of vaccination, 
and showed that as smallpox decreased other children's diseases increased and that 
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Not only were all infectious diseases declining during the late 1800s, other poverty-related 
deaths such as those from diarrhea also waned (Graph 17.11). By the early 1900s, life had 
dramatically improved. Children were less likely to die from many diseases they had succumbed 
to only decades earlier. Most vaccines and other medical interventions appeared much later and 
were only minor players in comparison to all other interventions that took place. 

Graph 17.11 (below): Leicester combined mortality rates from various infectious diseases and diarrhea from 

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Graph 17.11 (above): Leicester combined mortality rates from various infectious diseases and diarrhea from 

1838 to 1910. 

In the big picture, the belief that vaccines were instrumental in changing our world from a 
disease-plagued horror to our modern environment is not reflected by the evidence. Nonetheless, 
this deeply ingrained ideology penetrates societal consciousness. Popular present-day books such 
as The Panic Virus reinforce a flawed concept of successful vaccination beginning with 
smallpox. 

In the book, the story of Edward Jenner and the “relative safety” of the vaccine are introduced, 
along with the misunderstood concept of “herd immunity.” Using this lore, the stage is set for the 
author to discuss the reasons some of us resist such a spectacular discovery. As is customary by 
vaccine proponents, the case for vaccination is never supported with real data but only 
assumptions. Instead of attempting to think for himself or analyze any of the numerous available 
data on his own, the author defers to “experts.” 

This leaves us with two choices: We can either take it upon ourselves to do a systematic 
analysis of all the available information—which becomes ever less feasible as the world 
grows more complex — or we can trust experts and the media to be responsible about the 
information and advice they provide. When they ’re not, whether it’s because they ’re 
naive or under resourced or lazy or because they become true believers themselves, the 
consequences can be severe indeed. 1 ^ 

Fear of disease, plagues, and death underlie the narrative of the book. The struggle, according to 
the author, is between those who believe in vaccination and those who question the paradigm. It 
is a battle between those who understand the so-called “well-established history and evidence- 
based medicine” and those who do not. We are told that we must accept the belief of the media 
and experts unless they too are misinformed and do not recognize the already established pro¬ 
vaccine position. Thus, all bases are covered in order to delineate anyone with an education and a 
well-informed opinion that is against the theory of vaccination as unscientific and dangerous. 

The belief momentum is so great that the authors of these types of books never take into 
consideration the possibility that there could be a fundamental problem with their base 
assumption, and neither does the media that supports them or their readers. The authors become 
another layer in the false belief, which further builds upon itself. Those who accept the belief are 
accepted by the group. Anyone who questions the belief in vaccination is attacked and vilified 
both within and outside the medical profession. Vaccine faith is supposed to be unquestioned 
because history has allegedly demonstrated the value of vaccination. 

Do you think it has? 

Fundamentally, we must evaluate the soundness of all ideas no matter how deeply ingrained. 
British philosopher John Stuart Mill said: 

The fatal tendency of mankind to leave off thinking about a thing when it is no longer 
doubtful, is the cause of half their errors. 

Often, when one objectively searches for information, facts are uncovered that can be in 



shocking contrast to the original understanding. The truth may be uncomfortable, inconvenient, 
and unpopular, but in the end, if it is the truth, it must be embraced regardless of the cost. 

Year after year, layer after layer, the vaccine belief built upon itself until today children are 
subjected to dozens of vaccines by second grade. Most parents are uncomfortable with this 
barrage of chemicals, disease, and animal residual. They pray and worry after their children are 
injected. If they seem unscathed after a few days, they think all is well, and they did a good 
thing. They may not consider the potential for long-term effects from vaccines or the complete 
absence of safety data on the vaccine program their children are participating in. 

What if the hierarchy is wrong? What if the idea of vaccination is fundamentally flawed? What if 
we have yet to see the real effects on the immunity of the herd? 

To date, despite the existence of thousands of never-vaccinated children, there has not been a 
“completely vaccinated” versus “never vaccinated” study to compare the difference between the 
short- and long-tenn health of both groups. 

Nobody—not even the most educated immunologists—understands or can describe the complete 
cascade of events that occurs after injecting a vaccine. If physicians realized how little is known 
today about the immune system and vaccines, they would be duty bound to tell patients that there 
are no accurate scientific answers. 

Because the whole truth isn’t told, adults are the only line of defense for themselves. Until the 
minds of pediatricians are emancipated, parents will remain the best line of defense for their 
children. 

The reality... is that vaccinology, as portrayed to the public today, amounts to writing religion on 
the back of ignorance. 



List of Photographs 


Chapter 1—The Not So Good Ol’ Days 

1.1 : Syracuse, NY—Shanties Back to an Open Sewer. ( Charities—A Weekly Review of Local 
and General Philanthropy, vol. VII, no. 23, December 7, 1901, p. 498) 

1.2 : Jefferson Street. The shed barn at right contains three horses. The bam next in view contains 
six horses and two goats. The house in the center of the picture is full of Italian families and 
presents no redeeming feature. On the left are other tenements full of families. (. Fifteenth 
Biennial Report of the Bureau of Labor and Industrial Statistics, Part V, Basement Tenements in 
Milwaukee, State of Wisconsin, 1911-1912, p. 152) 

1.3 : A so-called room of a three-room tenement, but it is merely a large size closet with a 
slanting ceiling, located under the main entrance stairs of the building. Here, in a three-quarter 
bed, sleep the father and mother and a little child. The rest of the family sleep in the front room 
and kitchen. This “room” has absolutely no light or ventilation. ( The Women’s Municipal League 
of Boston Bulletin, vol. VII, no. 3, February 1916, p. 43) 

1.4 : The general insanitary conditions which surround the houses on both sides of the alley. The 
first house on the right is a small dilapidated frame house. Beyond it are three larger tenements. 
The outbuildings at the left are all dilapidated, and contain privies which are in a foul condition. 
There are not enough garbage boxes to supply the needs, and the ones provided are so seldom 
cleaned that the families dump their slops and garbage in the alley. ( Tenement Conditions in 
Chicago—Report by the Investigating Committee of the City Homes Association, 1901, p. 39) 

1.5 : The conditions of the filth-strewn alleys, of courts and yards littered with rubbish, of ill¬ 
smelling stables and manure boxes find their climax and in part their cause in the accumulation 
of garbage. ( Tenement Conditions in Chicago—Report by the Investigating Committee of the 
City Homes Association, 1901, p. 133) 

1.6 : Water-closet used by fourteen families. ( The Women’s Municipal League of Boston Bulletin, 
vol. VII, no. 3, February 1916, p. 32) 

1.7 : Public hall and sink. Sink supported only by string and flimsy wooden props. Hall floor 
covered with fecal matter and sewage. ( Tenement-House Reform Charities, vol. XI, no. 16, for 
the week ending October 17, 1903, p. 359) 

1.8 : Kill Rats Poster. (The Women’s Municipal League of Boston Bulletin, vol. VIII, no. 2, 
January 1917, p. 25) 

1.9 : A case of Acute Milk Poisoning Having Vomiting, Diarrhoea, Mucous and Bloody Stools, 
General Emaciation, Acute Cholera Infantum, and Dysentery. (Louis Fischer, MD, Diseases oj 


Infancy and Childhood: Their Dietetic, Hygienic, and Medical Treatment, F. A. Davis Company, 
1914, p. 257) 

Chapter 2—Suffer the Little Children 

2.1 : Boy coal miners. (The Child Labor Bulletin, August 1914, p. 67) 

2.2 : Girl and older girl using a creel to move coal. (Reports from Commissioners—Children 
Employment (Mines), February 3-August 12, 1842, p. 93) 

2.3 : Typical passage a coal bearer traversed. (Reports from Commissioners—Children 
Employment (Mines), February 3-August 12, 1842, p. 92) 

2.4 : Child pulling corve. (Reports from Commissioners—Children Employment (Mines), 
February 3-August 12, 1842, p. 78) 

2.5 : The Lonely Trapper Boy. (The Child Labor Bulletin, August 1914, p. 68) 

2.6 : Boys in the manufacturing of medicine bottles. (The Child Labor Bulletin, August 1914, p. 
52) 

2.1 : Children snipping beans in Maryland. (The Child Labor Bulletin, vol. 1, no. 4, February 
1913, p. 39) 

2.8 : At a Dangerous Capping Machine. (The Child Labor Bulletin, vol. 1, no. 4, February 1913, 

P-41) 

2.9 : A child employed as a doffer. (Annual Report of the Massachusetts Child Labor Committee, 
January 1, 1914) 

2.10 : Children 6, 8, and two of 12 years making hose supporters by lamplight. (Annual Report oj 
the Massachusetts Child Labor Committee, January 1, 1913, p. 41) 

2.1 1 : Massachusetts Mill Workers. (Annual Report of the Massachusetts Child Labor Committee, 
January 1, 1914) 

2.12 : Child factory workers. (GoodHousekeeping, October 1913, p. 507) 

2.13 : Only a box for a house, and railroad yard for a playground. (The National Humane Review, 
vol. VII, no. 4, April 1919, p. 73) 

Chapter 4—Smallpox and the First Vaccine 

4.1 : Multiple site vaccination of 1898, showing a ‘typically good arm.’ (Derrick Baxby, 
“Smallpox Vaccination Techniques; from Knives and Forks to Needles and Pins,” Vaccine, vol. 
20, no. 16, May 15, 2002, p. 2142) 

4.2 : Mrs. L. H. age 27 lesions appeared 2 weeks after vaccination. (Journal of Cutaneous 






Disease, vol. XXII, 1904, p. 504) 

4.3 : Post-mortem photograph of child described in Case 1. Areas of gangrene are secondarily 
infected with Pseudomonas aeroginosa, Micrococcus pyogenes and beta enterococcus. 
(.Pediatrics, August 1958, p. 261) 

Chapter 5—Contaminated Vaccines 

5.1 : Head of cow affected with foot-and-mouth disease. ( Bulletin No. 17, Department of 
Agriculture, 1914, p. 27) 

5.2 : From the stable the calf is led to the operating room and strapped on the operating table. The 
shaved abdomen and thighs are again washed and then scarified with superficial linear incisions 
made with a surgeon’s kn ife. Into the bleeding incisions made by the knife, vaccine (cowpox) 
virus is carefully smeared with an ivory or metal instrument. (“Vaccine Virus—Its Preparation 
and Its Use,” Scientific American, January 19, 1901, p. 41) 

5.3 : Bullous dermatitis closely allied to acute pemphigus ( Diseases of the Skin and the Eruptive 
Fevers, 1908, p. 89) 

Chapter 8—The Power of the State 

8.1 : Portion of a Eugenics Chart. ( Eugenics, The Science of Human Improvement by Better 
Breeding, 1910, p. 19) 

8.2 : Feeble-Minded at Vineland Colony in New Jersey. “They have the bodies of adults but the 
minds of children. It is not to the interest of the state that they should be allowed to mingle with 
the normal popu-lation; and it is quite as little to their own interest, for they are not capable of 
competing with people who are nonnal mentally.” (Paul Popenoe, Applied Eugenics, the 
Macmillan Company, New York, 1918, p. 193) 

Chapter 9—The Case of Arthur Smith Jr. 

9.1 : Arthur Smith, Jr. August 1915. (approximately 1 year after vaccination) 

Chapter 11—The Amazing Decline 

11.1 : Extremely mild case of smallpox, bearing some resemblance to chickenpox. {American 
Medicine, vol. II, no. 23, December 7, 1901, p. 901) 

11.2 : Impetigo contagion in an adult. {American Medicine, vol. II, no. 23, December 7, 1901, p. 
901) 


11.3 : Well marked eruption of chickenpox, showing lesions in varying stages of development. 
{American Medicine, vol. II, no. 23, December 7, 1901, p. 901) 





Chapter 12—The “Disappearance” of Polio 


12.1 : George Clark walks on crutches and heavy braces. He had polio attack last April. {Life, 
March 5, 1956, p. 63) 

12.2 : Sister Kenny encourages a polio patient to stand for the first time. {Life, September 16, 
1946, p. 82) 

12.3 : Iron lung encases 27-year-old Boyce Rash whose respiratory muscles have been paralyzed. 
Breathing function is so impaired that a mechanical apparatus is required to force air in and out 
of the patient’s lungs. Seven iron lungs were shipped to Hickory, two of them from Boston. John 
Bryan, 8, uses oxygen inhalator. It feeds oxygen to nose of patient who has difficulty in 
breathing normally. Most severe cases involve paralysis of respiratory muscles. Tube extending 
from mouth collect saliva which boy cannot swallow because of paralyzed throat muscles. {Life, 
July 31, 1944, p. 27) 

12.4 : Knox Out DDT product advertisement. {Life, May 31, 1948, p. 102) 

12.5 : Flying and Biting Bugs on Jones Beach Die in a Cloud of DDT, New Insecticide—A truck- 
mounted for generator squirts the poison, mixed with oil droplets, over a four-mile area of the 
New York City playground. Spread by Army and Navy planes and by hand sprays, DDT routed 
dangerous disease-bearing flies and mosquitoes on Pacific islands. DDT has a drawback—it kills 
many beneficial and harmless insects, but does not kill all insect pests. Birds and fish which eat 
large numbers of DDT-poisoned insects may be casualties too. {National Geographic Magazine, 
October 1945, p. 410) 

12.6 : “The great expectations held for DDT have been realized.” Penn Salt chemicals 
advertisement. {Time Magazine, June 30, 1947) 

12.7 : Speaking of Pictures... These Demonstrate How DDT Paralyzes a Mosquito—In glass case 
mosquito feels effects of DDT, gives frantic kick, leaps into air. As DDT enters nervous system 
and starts to paralyze muscles, mosquito seems to be trying to kick of paralyzing sensation. 
Paralysis of the nervous system affects the mosquito legs. The mosquito staggers, falls over, tries 
to push back onto its legs. It makes one last violent effort to rise but topples back onto its head. 
On its back and almost completely paralyzed, the mosquito continues to battle against DDT but 
only succeeds in wiggling convulsively. It took DDT 45 minutes to knock the mosquito out 
completely. {Life, January 21, 1946, p. 11) 

Chapter 15—Starvation, Scurvy, and Vitamin C 

15.1 : Infantile Scurvy. Ellen S. Five years old. The gums are swollen or beefy and hanging in 
tumor-like masses. There are also blood-tumors on the forehead. (Louis Fischer, MD, Diseases 
of Infancy and Childhood: Their Dietetic, Hygienic, and Medical Treatment, F. A. Davis 
Company, 1914, p. 257) 

15.2 : Characteristic position of the legs in scurvy. The legs are practically always tender, usually 
exquisitely so, so that the slightest movement or pressure causes the most severe pain. (Lewis 











Webb Hill, MD, Practical Infant Feeding, W. B. Saunders Company, 1922, p. 426) 

About the authors 

Dr. Humphries’ photo: Bonnie Farmer Photographer, www.bonniefarmerphotography.com 



List of Graphs 


Chapter 3—Disease—A Way of Life 

3.1: Six cholera pandemics. The first pandemic started in 1816, and the last ended in 1926. 

Chapter 4—Smallpox and the First Vaccine 

4.1 : Boston smallpox mortality rate from 1811 to 1926. (Dozens of reports from the Board of 
Health of the City of Boston) 

4.2 : Boston smallpox mortality rate from 1841 to 1880. (Dozens of reports from the Board of 
Health of the City of Boston) 

4.3 : England and Wales total deaths from cowpox and other effects of vaccination from 1859 to 
1922. (Written answer by Lord E. Percy to Parliamentary question addressed by Mr. March, MP, 
to the Minister to Health on July 16, 1923; Leicester: Sanitation Versus Vaccination, J. T. Biggs, 
JP,1912, pp. 184-185) 

4.4 : England and Wales smallpox deaths vs. smallpox vaccination deaths from 1906 to 1922. 
(Written answer by Lord E. Percy to Parliamentary question addressed by Mr. March, MP, to the 
Minister to Health on July 16, 1923) 

4.5 : England and Wales smallpox and scarlet fever mortality rates from 1838 to 1922. (Record of 
mortality in England and Wales for 95 years as provided by the Office of National Statistics, 
published 1997; Report to The Honourable Sir George Cornewall Lewis, Bart, MP, Her 
Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department, June 30, 1860, pp. a4, 205; 
Written answer by Lord E. Percy to Parliamentary question addressed by Mr. March, MP, to the 
Minister to Health on July 16, 1923; Essay on Vaccination by Charles T. Pearce, MD, Member 
of the Royal College of Surgeons of England) 

4.6 : England and Wales smallpox mortality rate vs. smallpox vaccine coverage rates from 1872 
to 1922. (Written answer by Lord E. Percy to Parliamentary question addressed by Mr. March, 
MP, to the Minister to Health on July 16, 1923) 

Chapter 7—The Rebel Experiment 

7.1 : Leicester, England, smallpox mortality rate vs. smallpox vaccination coverage from 1838 to 
1910. (Leicester: Sanitation Versus Vaccination, J. T. Biggs, JP, 1912, pp. 720-722) 

7.2 : Leicester, England, mortality rates for various age groups vs. smallpox vaccination coverage 
from 1838 to 1910. (Leicester: Sanitation Versus Vaccination, J. T. Biggs, JP, 1912, pp. 720- 
722) 



Chapter 11—The Amazing Decline 


11.1 : England and Wales scarlet fever mortality rate from 1838 to 1978. (Record of mortality in 
England and Wales for 95 years as provided by the Office of National Statistics, published 1997; 
Report to The Honourable Sir George Comewall Lewis, Bart, MP, Her Majesty’s Principal 
Secretary of State for the Home Department, June 30, 1860, pp a4, 205; Essay on Vaccination by 
Charles T. Pearce, MD, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England; Parliamentary 
Papers, the 62nd Annual Return of the Registrar General 1899 (1891-1898)) 

11.2 : England and Wales mortality rates from various infectious diseases from 1838 to 1978. 
(Record of mortality in England and Wales for 95 years as provided by the Office of National 
Statistics, published 1997; Report to The Honourable Sir George Comewall Lewis, Bart, MP, 
Her Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department, June 30, 1860, pp. a4, 205; 
Essay on Vaccination by Charles T. Pearce, MD, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of 
England; Parliamentary Papers, the 62nd Annual Return of the Registrar General 1899 (1891- 
1898)) 

1 1.3 : England and Wales whooping cough mortality rate from 1838 to 1978. (Record of 
mortality in England and Wales for 95 years as provided by the Office of National Statistics, 
published 1997; Report to The Honourable Sir George Comewall Lewis, Bart, MP, Her 
Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department, June 30, 1860, pp. a4, 205; 
Essay on Vaccination by Charles T. Pearce, MD, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of 
England; Parliamentary Papers, the 62nd Annual Return of the Registrar General 1899 (1891- 
1898)) 

1 1.4 : England and Wales measles mortality rate from 1838 to 1978. (Record of mortality in 
England and Wales for 95 years as provided by the Office of National Statistics, published 1997; 
Report to The Honourable Sir George Comewall Lewis, Bart, MP, Her Majesty’s Principal 
Secretary of State for the Home Department, June 30, 1860, pp. a4, 205; Essay on Vaccination 
by Charles T. Pearce, MD, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England; Parliamentary 
Papers, the 62nd Annual Return of the Registrar General 1899 (1891-1898)) 

1 1.5 : United States whooping cough mortality rate from 1900 to 1967. (Vital Statistics of the 
United States 1937, 1938, 1943, 1944, 1949, 1960, 1967, 1976, 1987, 1992; Historical Statistics 
of the United States—Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1; Health, United States, 2004, US 
Department of Health and Human Services; Vital Records & Health Data Development Section, 
Michigan Department of Community Health; US Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the 
United States: 2003; Reported Cases and Deaths from Vaccine Preventable Diseases, United 
States, 1950-2008) 

1 1.6 : United States measles mortality rate from 1900 to 1987. (Vital Statistics of the United 
States 1937, 1938, 1943, 1944, 1949, 1960, 1967, 1976, 1987, 1992; Historical Statistics of the 
United States— Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1; Health, United States, 2004, US Department of 
Health and Human Services; Vital Records & Health Data Development Section, Michigan 
Department of Community Health; US Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 
2003; Reported Cases and Deaths from Vaccine Preventable Diseases, United States, 1950- 
2008) 








11.7 : Leicester, England, diphtheria mortality rate from 1880 to 1910. (Vital Statistics of the 
United States 1937, 1938, 1943, 1944, 1949, 1960, 1967, 1976, 1987, 1992; Historical Statistics 
of the United States—Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1; Health, United States, 2004, US 
Department of Health and Human Services; Vital Records & Health Data Development Section, 
Michigan Department of Community Health; US Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the 
United States: 2003; Reported Cases and Deaths from Vaccine Preventable Diseases, United 
States, 1950-2008) 

11.8 : New York City diphtheria mortality rates from 1880 to 1911. (Twenty-Ninth Annual 
Report 1900 City of Boston, Boston—Municipal Printing Office, 1901, p. 7; Thirty-Sixth Annual 
Report of the Board of Health of the City of Boston for the Year 1907, Muncipal Printing Office 
1908, p. 17; Annual Report of the Board of Health of the City of Boston for the Year 1911, 
Muncipal Printing Office, 1912, p. 243; Scientific Features of Modem Medicine, Frederic S. 
Lee, PhD, New York, Columbia University Press, 1911, p. 92) 

11.9 : United States diphtheria mortality rate from 1900 to 1967. (Vital Statistics of the United 
States 1937, 1938, 1943, 1944, 1949, 1960, 1967, 1976, 1987, 1992; Historical Statistics of the 
United States— Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1; Health, United States, 2004, US Department of 
Health and Human Services; Vital Records & Health Data Development Section, Michigan 
Department of Community Health; US Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 
2003; Reported Cases and Deaths from Vaccine Preventable Diseases, United States, 1950— 
2008) 

11.10 : Massachusetts tuberculosis, diphtheria, typhoid, measles, and smallpox mortality rates 
from 1861 to 1970. (Historical Statistics of the United States—Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1, 
Bureau of the Census, p. 63) 

11.11 : United States mortality rates from various infectious diseases from 1900 to 1965. (Vital 
Statistics of the United States 1937, 1938, 1943, 1944, 1949, 1960, 1967, 1976, 1987, 1992; 
Historical Statistics of the United States—Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1) 

11.12 : United States mortality rates from various infectious diseases from 1900 to 1965 
magnified view. (Vital Statistics of the United States 1937, 1938, 1943, 1944, 1949, 1960, 1967, 
1976, 1987, 1992; Historical Statistics of the United States—Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1) 

11.13 : United States mortality rates for age groups from 1900 to 1970. (Historical Statistics of 
the United States—Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1, Bureau of the Census, p. 60) 

11.14 : United States mortality rates for age groups from 1900 to 1970 magnified view. 
(Historical Statistics of the United States—Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1, Bureau of the Census, 

p. 60) 

Chapter 12—The “Disappearance” of Polio 

12.1 : United States disease incidence from 1912 to 1970. (Historical Statistics of the United 
States Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1, Bureau of the Census, 1975, pp. 77) 











Chapter 13—Whooping Cough 


13.1 : United States whooping cough mortality rate from 1900 to 1957. (Historical Statistics of 
the United States—Colonial Times to 1957, pp. 8, 26, 27) 

13.2 : England and Wales whooping cough mortality vs. DTP vaccine coverage from 1901 to 
2008. (Record of Mortality in England and Wales for 95 years as provided by the office of 
National Statistics, published 1997; Health Protection Agency Table: Notification of Deaths, 
England and Wales, 1970-2008) 

13.3 : England and Wales whooping cough mortality vs. DTP vaccine coverage from 1930 to 
2008. (Record of Mortality in England and Wales for 95 years as provided by the office of 
National Statistics, published 1997; Health Protection Agency Table: Notification of Deaths, 
England and Wales, 1970-2008) 

13.4 : England and Wales whooping cough mortality vs. DTP vaccine coverage from 1970 to 
2008. (Record of Mortality in England and Wales for 95 years as provided by the office of 
National Statistics, published 1997; Health Protection Agency Table: Notification of Deaths, 
England and Wales, 1970-2008.) 

Chapter 14—Measles 

14.1 : Comparison United States and England in mortality rates for measles from 1901 to 1965. 
(Vital Statistics of the United States 1937, 1938, 1943, 1944, 1949, 1960, 1967, 1976, 1987, 
1992; Historical Statistics of the United States—Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1; Record of 
mortality in England and Wales for 95 years as provided by the Office of National Statistics, 
published 1997) 

14.2 : England percent decline in mortality rate from peak mortality rate for measles from 1838 to 
1978. (Record of mortality in England and Wales for 95 years as provided by the Office of 
National Statistics, published 1997; Report to The Honourable Sir George Cornewall Lewis, 
Bart, MP, Her Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department, June 30, 1860, 
pp. a4, 205; Essay on Vaccination by Charles T. Pearce, MD, Member of the Royal College of 
Surgeons of England; Parliamentary Papers, the 62nd Annual Return of the Registrar General 
1899(1891-1898)) 

14.3 : United States mortality rates from various infectious diseases from 1900 to 1965. (Vital 
Statistics of the United States 1937, 1938, 1943, 1944, 1949, 1960, 1967, 1976, 1987, 1992; 
Historical Statistics of the United States— Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1; Health, United States, 
2004, US Department of Health and Human Services; Vital Records & Health Data 
Development Section, Michigan Department of Community Health; US Census Bureau, 
Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2003; Reported Cases and Deaths from Vaccine 
Preventable Diseases, United States, 1950-2008) 

14.4 : United States mortality rates from various infectious diseases from 1920 to 1955. (Vital 
Statistics of the United States 1937, 1938, 1943, 1944, 1949, 1960, 1967, 1976, 1987, 1992; 
Historical Statistics of the United States— Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1; Health, United States, 










2004, US Department of Health and Human Services; Vital Records & Health Data 
Development Section, Michigan Department of Community Health; US Census Bureau, 
Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2003; Reported Cases and Deaths from Vaccine 
Preventable Diseases, United States, 1950-2008) 

14.5 : Massachusetts mortality rate from measles from 1861 to 1970. (Historical Statistics of the 
United States—Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1, Bureau of the Census, p. 63) 

14.6 : Washington State measles mortality rate from 1920 to 1982. (Communicable Disease 
Statistical Summary, Washington State 1920-1983, Office of Public Health Laboratory, Seahle, 
WA) 

14,7 : United States measles mortality rate with 1/35 measles disease rate from 1900 to 1987. 
(Vital Statistics of the United States 1937, 1938, 1943, 1944, 1949, 1960, 1967, 1976, 1987, 
1992; Historical Statistics of the United States—Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1) 

14.8 : United States measles incidence from 1912 to 1970. (Historical Statistics of the United 
States—Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1; Bureau of the Census, 1975, pp. 77) 

14.9 : United States measles incidence from 1934 to 1962. (Historical Statistics of the United 
States—Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1; Bureau of the Census, 1975, pp. 77) 

Chapter 15—Starvation, Scurvy, and Vitamin C 

15.1 : England mortality rate from scurvy from 1901 to 1967. (Record of mortality in England 
and Wales for 95 years as provided by the Office of National Statistics, 1997) 

15.2 : England mortality rates from scurvy vs. whooping cough from 1901 to 1967. (Record of 
mortality in England and Wales for 95 years as provided by the Office of National Statistics, 
1997) 

15.3 : England mortality rates from scurvy vs. measles from 1901 to 1967. (Record of mortality 
in England and Wales for 95 years as provided by the Office of National Statistics, 1997) 

Chapter 17—Belief and Fear 

17.1 : Leicester, England, smallpox mortality rate vs. smallpox vaccination coverage from 1849 
to 1910. (Leicester: Sanitation Versus Vaccination, J. T. Biggs, JP, 1912, pp. 720-722) 

17.2 : England and Wales smallpox mortality rate vs. smallpox vaccine coverage rates from 1873 
to 1922. (Written answer by Lord E. Percy to Parliamentary question addressed by Mr. March, 
MP, to the Minister to Health on July 16, 1923) 

17.3 : United States whooping cough mortality rate from 1920 to 1985. (Vital Statistics of the 
United States 1937, 1938, 1943, 1944, 1949, 1960, 1967, 1976, 1987, 1992; Historical Statistics 
of the United States—Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1; Health, United States, 2004, US 
Department of Health and Human Services; Vital Records & Health Data Development Section, 













Michigan Department of Community Health; US Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the 
United States: 2003; Reported Cases and Deaths from Vaccine Preventable Diseases, United 
States, 1950-2008) 

17.4 : United States whooping cough mortality rate from 1940 to 1970. (Vital Statistics of the 
United States 1937, 1938, 1943, 1944, 1949, 1960, 1967, 1976, 1987, 1992; Historical Statistics 
of the United States—Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1; Health, United States, 2004, US 
Department of Health and Human Services; Vital Records & Health Data Development Section, 
Michigan Department of Community Health; US Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the 
United States: 2003; Reported Cases and Deaths from Vaccine Preventable Diseases, United 
States, 1950-2008) 

17.5 : England and Wales whooping cough mortality from 1940 to 2008. (Record of Mortality in 
England and Wales for 95 years as provided by the office of National Statistics, 1997; Health 
Protection Agency Table: Notification of Deaths, England and Wales, 1970-2008) 

17.6 : United States measles mortality rate from 1912 to 1975 on a logarithm plot. (Vital 
Statistics of the United States 1937, 1938, 1943, 1944, 1949, 1960, 1967, 1976, 1987, 1992; 
Historical Statistics of the United States—Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1; Health, United States, 
2004, US Department of Health and Human Services; Vital Records & Health Data 
Development Section, Michigan Department of Community Health; US Census Bureau, 
Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2003; Reported Cases and Deaths from Vaccine 
Preventable Diseases, United States, 1950-2008) 

17.7 : United States measles mortality rate from 1912 to 1975 in percent from the peak. (Vital 
Statistics of the United States 1937, 1938, 1943, 1944, 1949, 1960, 1967, 1976, 1987, 1992; 
Historical Statistics of the United States—Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1; Health, United States, 
2004, US Department of Health and Human Services; Vital Records & Health Data 
Development Section, Michigan Department of Community Health; US Census Bureau, 
Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2003; Reported Cases and Deaths from Vaccine 
Preventable Diseases, United States, 1950-2008) 

17.8 : United States measles mortality rate from 1930. (Vital Statistics of the United States 1937, 
1938, 1943, 1944, 1949, 1960, 1967, 1976, 1987, 1992; Historical Statistics of the United States 
—Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1; Health, United States, 2004, US Department of Health and 
Human Services; Vital Records & Health Data Development Section, Michigan Department of 
Community Health; US Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2003; Reported 
Cases and Deaths from Vaccine Preventable Diseases, United States, 1950-2008) 

17.9 : England and Wales scarlet fever, measles, and whooping cough mortality rates from 1838 
to 1978 in percent from the peak. (Record of mortality in England and Wales for 95 years as 
provided by the Office of National Statistics, published 1997; Report to The Honourable Sir 
George Cornewall Lewis, Bart, MP, Her Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for the Home 
Department, June 30, 1860, pp. a4, 205; Essay on Vaccination by Charles T. Pearce, MD, 
Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England; Parliamentary Papers, the 62nd Annual 
Return of the Registrar General 1899 (1891-1898)) 








17.10 : Leicester, England, mortality rates by age categories and smallpox vaccine coverage from 
1838 to 1888. (Leicester: Sanitation Versus Vaccination, J. T. Biggs, JP, 1912, pp. 720-722) 


17.1 1 : Leicester combined mortality rates from various infectious diseases and diarrhea from 
1838 to 1910. (Leicester: Sanitation Versus Vaccination, J. T. Biggs, JP, 1912, pp. 720-722) 




List of Figures 


Chapter 5—Contaminated Vaccines 

5.1 : Connection between vaccines and foot-and-mouth disease. (Authors’ original diagram) 

Chapter 11—The Amazing Decline 

11.1 : Age-and Sex-adjusted Mortality Rates for the United States 1900-1973, Including and 
Excluding Eleven Major Infectious Diseases, Contrasted with the Proportion of the Gross 
National Product Expended on Medical Care. (John B. McKinlay and Sonja M. McKinlay, “The 
Questionable Contribution of Medical Measures to the Decline of Mortality in the United States 
in the Twentieth Century,” The Milbank Memorial Fund Quarterly, Health and Society, vol. 55, 
no. 3, summer 1977, p. 415) 

Chapter 12—The “Disappearance” of Polio 

12.1 : Spinal cross-section. (“The Spinal Cord,” Nursing Care for Neurological Patients, 
SweetHaven Publishing Services, 2006, www.free- 

ed.net/sweethaven/MedTech/NurseCare/NeuroNurseO 1 .asp?iNum=4 . accessed July 2013) 

12.2 : Michigan polio 1958 - epidemic virus identification via fecal analysis. (G. C. Brown, 
“Laboratory Data on the Detroit Poliomyelitis Epidemic 1958,” Journal of the American Medical 
Association, vol. 172, February 20, 1960, pp. 807-812) 

12.3 : Michigan polio 1958 - epidemic viral antibody changes. (G. C. Brown, “Laboratory Data 
on the Detroit Poliomyelitis Epidemic 1958,” Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 
172, February 20, 1960, pp. 807-812) 

12.4 : Polio incidence and persistent pesticide production, (c/o Jim West) 

12.5 : Polio morbidity. (“Polio Disease In-Short,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 
Department of Health and Human Services, www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/polio/in-short- 
both.htm . accessed June 17, 2013) 

12.6 : Paralytic poliomyelitis cases in Maryland from 1952 to 1959. (H. Ratner, “An Untold 
Vaccine Story,” Child and Family, vol. 21, no. 3, 1993, pp. 253-263) 

12.7 : Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) and Polio from 1996 to 2011. 

r http://apps.who.int/immunization_monitoring/en/diseases/poliomyelitis/afpextract.cfm . accessed 
June 2102) 

12.8 : Non-Polio Acute Flaccid Paralysis (NPAFP) correlation to Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV). 
















i hltph/jacob.pul iycl.com/download.php? id 248 . accessed July 2013) 


Chapter 13—Whooping Cough 

13.1 : United States pertussis incidence by year from 1980 to 2010. (“Summary of Notifiable 
Diseases—United States, 2009,” MMWR, vol. 58, no. 53, May 13, 2011, 
www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5853a 1.htm . accessed July 2013) 





About the Authors 



Roman Bystrianyk has been researching the history of diseases and vaccines for more than 
15 years. He has an extensive background in health and nutrition as well as a BS in 
engineering and an MS in computer science. 



Dr. Suzanne Humphries earned her medical degree in 1993from Temple University in 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and then became board certified in internal medicine and 
nephrology. Her career encompassed teaching medical students, residents, and graduate 
students, and included an assistant professorship at the clinical campus of Robert Wood 


Johnson Medical School in Camden, New Jersey, as well as 10 years in private practice 
affiliated with a large teaching hospital in Maine. In 2011 she chose to change directions 
and now practices as a holistic health consultant, and continues to research many aspects of 
medical practice, and write about the problems with vaccination. Her website is 

drsuzanne.net . 



Endnotes 


{1} Velv W. Greene, PhD, MPH, “Personal Hygiene and Life Expectancy Improvements Since 
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2001, p. 203. 

(21 Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Harper Collins, New York, 1997, p. 398. 

{3} Henry E. Sigerist, Civilization and Disease, Cornell University Press, New York, 1943, pp. 
38-39. 


{4} Jacob A. Riis, The Battle with the Slum, Macmillan, New York, 1902, pp. 23-25. 

(51 Ibid., pp. 36-37. 

16} Ibid., p. 115. 

(71 Andrew Mearns, ‘ Light and Shade ’, A Sequel to ‘The Bitter Cry of Outcast London, ’ 1885, 
p.7. 

(81 Henry W. Bellows, “Cities and Parks: With Special Reference to the New York Central 
Park f Atlantic Monthly, vol. VII, April 1861, p. 416. 

(91 Arthur Charles Cole, The Irrepressible Conflict 1850-1865, A History of American Life 
Volume VII, Macmillan, New York, 1934, p. 181. 

(101 Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844, Otto Wigand, 
Leipzig, p. 98. 

(Ill Jacob A. Riis, The Battle with the Slum, Macmillan, New York, 1902, p. 13. 

{12} Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Harper Collins, New York, 1997, p. 399. 

(131 Andrew Mearns and William C. Preston, The Bitter Cry of Outcast London: An Inquiry into 
the Condition of the Abject Poor, James Clarke & Co., London, 1883, p. 4. 

114} Ibid., p. 425. 

{15} Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844, Otto Wigand, 
Leipzig, p. 97. 


{16} Thomas Neville Bonner, Medicine in Chicago 1850-1950: A Chapter in the Social and 
Scientific Development of a City, American History Research Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 1957, 
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{17} Lucinda McCray, A Matter of Life and Death: Health, Illness and Medicine in McLean 
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{18} Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Harper Collins, New York, 1997, p. 416. 

119} Ibid., p. 410. 

{20} Thomas F. X. Noble, Barry Straus, Duane J. Osheim, Kristen B. Neuschel, Elinor A. 
Accampo, David D. Roberts, and William B. Choen, Western Civilization: Beyond Boundaries, 
volume II, 6th ed., Wadsworth, Boston, Massachusetts, p. 579. 

1211 Annual Report of the Metropolitan Board of Health, 1866, C.S. Wescott & Co.’s Printing 
House, New York, 1987, p. 34. 

1221 Arthur Charles Cole, The Irrepressible Conflict 1850-1865: A History of American Life 
Volume VII, Macmillan, New York, 1934, pp. 179-180. 

1231 The American Medical Gazette, vol. XI, Hall, Clayton & Co. Printers, New York, 1859, p. 

1241 The Women’s Municipal League of Boston Bulletin, May 1916, p. 20. 

{25} Vincent’s Semi-Annual United States Register, 1860, p. 346. 

1261 Arthur Charles Cole, The Irrepressible Conflict 1850-1865: A History of American Life 
Volume VII, Macmillan, New York, 1934, p. 181. 

1271 Jonathan Pereira, MD, “Milk as Affected by the Diet and Regimen of Cows,” A Treatise on 
Food and Diet, J. & H. G. Langley, New York, 1843, p. 287. 

1281 The British and Foreign Medico-Chirurgical Review, Quarterly Journal of Practical 
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{29} Report of the Council of Hygiene and Public Health of the Citizens ’ Association of New 
York, 1865, p. 59. 

{30} Edward P. Cheyney, An Introduction to the Industrial and Social History of England, 
Macmillan, New York, 1920, p. 233. 

{31} William Franklin Willoughby and Mary Clare de Graffenried, Child Labor, American 
Economic Association, Guggenheimer, Weil, & Co., Baltimore, March 1890, p. 16. 

{32} John W. Parker, Physical and Moral Condition of the Children and Young Persons 
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1331 Ibid., p. 30. 

1341 The Universalist Union, vol. VII, August 13, 1842, p. 615. 




















{35} Edward P. Cheyney, An Introduction to the Industrial and Social History of England, 
Macmillan, New York, 1920, pp. 243-244. 

{36} The Universalist Union, vol. VII, August 13, 1842, p. 615. 

1371 Parliamentary Papers: Volume 15, Reports from Commissioners—Children Employment 
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1381 The Universalist Union, vol. VII, August 13, 1842, p. 615. 

{39} Owen R. Lovejoy, Child Labor in the Coal Mines, Child Labor—A Menace to Industry, 
Education, and Good Citizenship, Academy of Political and Social Science, 1906, p. 38. 

{40} Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Harper Collins, New York, 1997, p. 401. 

(411 Owen R. Lovejoy, Child Labor in the Glass Industry, Child Labor—A Menace to Industry, 
Education, and Good Citizenship, Academy of Political and Social Science, 1906, p. 44. 

(421 The Child Labor Bulletin, vol. 1, no. 4, February 1913, pp. 22-23. 

{43} Edward P. Cheyney, An Introduction to the Industrial and Social History of England, 
Macmillan, New York, 1920, p. 276. 

{44} William Franklin Willoughby and Mary Clare de Graffenried. Child Labor, American 
Economic Association, Guggenheimer, Weil, & Co., Baltimore, March 1890, p. 90. 

{45} Judge Benjamin B. Lindsey and George Creel, “Children in Bondage: The Sacrifice of 
Golden Boys and Girls,” Good Housekeeping, July 1913, pp. 17-18. 

{46} Child Labor in Massachusetts Tenements, Annual Report of the Massachusetts Child Labor 
Committee, January 1, 1913, pp. 5-6. 

{47} Sir George Newman, Infant Mortality: A Continuing Social Problem, Methueun & Co., 
London, 1906, p. 95. 

{48} Sir George Newman, Infant Mortality: A Continuing Social Problem, Methueun & Co., 
London, 1906, p. 262. 

{49} John W. Parker, Physical and Moral Condition of the Children and Young Persons 
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{50} Edward P. Cheyney, An Introduction to the Industrial and Social History of England, 
Macmillan, New York, 1920, p. 240. 

{51} The Child Labor Bulletin, vol.l, no. 4, February 1913, pp. 93-94. 

(521 The American Journal of Nursing, vol. Ill, no. 8, May 1903, p. 664. 

{53} Rose Wilder Lane, “Mother No. 22,999,” Good Housekeeping, vol. 70, March 1920, p. 





















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1541 J. M. French, MD, “Infant Mortality and the Environment,” Popular Science, vol. 34, no. 
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1551 H. Curschmann, MD, Tvphoid Fever and Typhus Fever, W.B. Saunders & Company, 1902, 
p. 42. 

1561 George Chandler Whipple, Typhoid Fever: Its Causation, Transmission, and Prevention, 
John Wiley & Sons, London, 1908, pp. xxiii-xxiv. 

1571 Typhoid Fever: Causation and Prevention, Seventh Biennial Report of the Board of Health 
of the State of Iowa, 1893, p. 58. 

1581 Sewage Pollution of Interstate and International Waters with Special Reference to the 
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1591 Vincent J. Cirillo, Bullets and Bacilli: The Spanish-American War and Military Medicine, 
2004, p. 33. 

1601 Ibid. 

{61} Surgeon-General C. A. Gordon, “Remarks on Certain Assigned Causes of Fever,” Medical 
Times and Gazette, vol. II, J & A Churchill, London, October 1, 1881, p. 409. 

{62} David L. Streiner, Douglas W. MacPherson, and Brian D. Gushulak, PDQ Public Health, 
2010, p. 198. 

{63} Alfred Stille, MD, Cholera: Its Origin, History, Causation, Symptoms, Lesions, Prevention, 
and Treatment, Lea Brothers & Co., Philadelphia, 1885, p. 19. 

{64} Arthur Charles Cole, The Irrepressible Conflict 1850-1865: A History of American Life 
Volume VII, Macmillan, New York, 1934, p. 183. 

{65} William Buckingham Canfield, MD, Hygiene of the Sick-Room, P. Blakiston, Son & Co., 
Philadelphia, 1892, pp. 87-88. 

{66} Jane Byme, My Chicago, Northwestern University Press, Evanston, Illinois, 1992, p. 32. 

(671 Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Harper Collins, New York, 1997, p. 399. 

{68} Francis Miller and Robert Lanier, The Photographic History of the Civil War: Prisons and 
Hospitals, Review of Reviews Co., New York, 1911, p. 82. 

{69} H. Curschmann, MD, Typhoid Fever and Tvphus Fever, W. B. Saunders & Company, 
1902, p.499. 

{70} Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Harper Collins, New York, 1997, p. 399. 



















{71} “All Poland Ravaged by Typhus Epidemic, American Medical Experts Report 95 Per Cent, 
of the People Victims of Disease,” New York Times, March 25, 1920. 


{72} “Typhus in Europe a World Problem, Director of Red Cross League Admits Inability to 
Cope with It Alone, Worst Since Middle Ages,” New York Times, November 11, 1919. 

{73} “Reports 60 Cases of Diphtheria Daily, Dr. Copeland Plans Campaign Against Disease 
Approaching Epidemic Stage, 274 Deaths This Year,” New York Times, February 25, 1920. 

{74} Hvgiene and Sanitation: A Popular Manual to Hygiene, Imperial Board of Health, Berlin, 
1904, p. 199. 

{75} “Ravages by Diphtheria, A Large Number of Deaths in Berks and Lehigh Counties,” New 
York Times, January 5, 1889. 

{76} “Whooping Cough in Philadelphia,” New York Times, July 24, 1893. 

1771 “Beware of Whooping Cough, Kills More Babies Than Any Other Disease, Says Dr. 
Haynes,” New York Times, February 16, 1912. 

1781 M. Tanaka, T. Hasegawa, A. Okamoto, K. Torii, and M. Ohta, “Effect of Antibiotics on 
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1791 “Scarlatina Epidemics,” British Medical Journal, September 12, 1863, pp. 285-286. 

{80} “Scarlet Fever on Long Island,” New York Times, November 21, 1884. 

1811 “A Scarlet Fever Epidemic,” New York Times, April 30, 1884. 

{82} “Measles Kills 1,463, And 1,240 Were Children Under 5 Years—Pennsylvania’s 1906 
Record,” New York Times, January 19, 1908. 

{83} “Thousands Die from Measles—The Disease Reported to Be Carrying Off Arctic Coast 
Natives at Rapid Rate,” New York Times, November 4, 1902. 

{84} “Yellow Fever—Fearful Progress of the Disease at Norfolk,” New York Times, September 
11,1855. 

{85} “Yellow Fever—Fearful Progress of the Disease at Norfolk,” New York Times, September 
11,1855. 

{86} Allan Nevins, The Emergence of Modern America 1865-1878: A History of American Life 
Volume VIII, Macmillan, New York, 1927, p. 323. 


{87} Arthur R. Guerard, MD, The Relation of Tuberculosis to the Tenement House Problem, 
Macmillan, New York, 1903, p. 462. 



















{88} Publications of the American Statistical Association, vol. 9, nos. 65-72, 1904-1905, pp. 
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{89} “Increasing Output by Preventing Tuberculosis,” The American Contractor, October 29, 
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{90} J. Lewis Smith, MD, A Treatise on the Diseases of Infancy and Childhood, Lea Brothers & 
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{91} “Many City Waifs Die in St. Joseph’s Home, Scarlet Fever, Measles, and Pneumonia 
Affect 143 of the 300 Inmates, Twenty Fail to Recover,” New York Times, July 6, 1911. 

{92} J. C. Wilson, MD, Infectious Disease, D. Appleton and Company, New York, 1911, pp. 
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{93} Christine Hallett, PhD, “The Attempt to Understand Puerperal Fever in the Eighteenth and 
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{95} Frederick C. Irving, MD, “Oliver Wendell Holmes and Puerperal Fever,” New England 
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{96} Richard W. Wertz and Dorothy C. Weritz, Lying-In: A History of Childbirth in America, 
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{97} Irvine Loudon, “Maternal Mortality in the Past and Its Relevance to Developing Countries 
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{98} Dorothy Porter, Health, Civilization, and the State — A History of Public Health from 
Ancient to Modern Times, Routledge, Oxfordshire, England, 1999, p. 113. 

{99} William Douglass, MA, A Summary, Historical and Political, of the First Planting, 
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London, 1760, p. 407. 

11001 Frederick F. Cartwright, Disease and History, Rupert-Hart-Davis, London, 1972, p. 124. 

{101} Victor C. Vaughan, MD, Epidemiology and Public Health, C.V. Mosby Company, St. 
Louis, 1922, p. 189. 

{102} William Douglass, MA, A Summary, Historical and Political, of the First Planting, 
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{103} “The Practice of Inoculation Truly Stated,” The Gentleman’s Magazine and Historical 
Chronicle, vol. 34, 1764, p. 333. 


{104} Elizabeth A. Fenn, “The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82,” History Today, July 20, 
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{105} F. Smith, MRCVS, “For How Fong Does Vaccination Confer Immunity from Small- 
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{106} J. W. Hodge, MD, “State-Inflicted Disease in Our Public Schools,” Medical Century, vol. 
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{107} Dr. Olesen, “Vaccination in the Philippine Islands,” Medical Sentinel, vol. 19, no. 4, April 
1911, p. 255. 

{108} Charles Creighton, Jenner and Vaccination, 1889, p. 59. 

(1091 MMWR, vol. 50, no. RR-10, Centers for Disease Control, June 22, 2001, pp. 1-25. 

{110} MMWR , vol. 50, no. RR-10, Centers for Disease Control, June 22, 2001, pp. 1-25. 

(1111 “Observations by Mr. Fosbroke,” The Lancet, vol. II, 1829, pp. 583-584. 

{112} Dr. Fiard, “Experiments upon the Communication and Origin of Vaccine Virus,” London 
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{113} Frederick F. Cartwright, Disease and History, Rupert-Hart-Davis, Fondon, 1972, p. 127. 

(1141 Derrick Baxby, “Smallpox Vaccination Techniques; from Knives and Forks to Needles 
and Pins,” Vaccine, vol. 20, no. 16, May 15, 2002, p. 2142. 

(1151 A. W. Downie, “Jenner’s Cowpox Inoculation,” British Medical Journal, vol. 2, no. 4726, 
August 4, 1951, pp. 251-256. 

(1161 A. W. Downie, “A Variant of Cowpox Virus,” The Lancet, vol. 1, no. 6717, May 24, 
1952, pp. 1049-1050. 

(1171 “Studies in Vaccinia,” The Lancet, vol. 199, no. 5150, May 13, 1922, pp. 957-958. 

{118} M. Beddow Bayly, MRCS, FRCP, “Inoculation Dangers to Travelers,” apeech at the 
Caxton Hall Westminster, October 2, 1952. Published by the Fondon and Provincial Anti- 
Vivisection Society. 

(1191 F. Qin, C. Upton, B. Hazes, and D. H. Evans, “Genomic Analysis of the Vaccinia Virus 
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{120} F. Qin, C. Upton, B. Hazes, and D. H. Evans, “Genomic Analysis of the Vaccinia Virus 
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11211 “Notice to Readers: Newly Licensed Smallpox Vaccine to Replace Old Smallpox 
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11221 Walter Hadwen, MD, The Case Against Vaccination, Goddard’s Assembly Rooms, 
Gloucester, January 25, 1896, p. 12. 

11231 Charles Creighton, Jenner and Vaccination, 1889, pp. 95-96. 

{124} Frederick F. Cartwright, Disease andHistoiy, Rupert-Hart-Davis, London, 1972, p. 130. 

11251 William Scott Tebb, MD, A Century of Vaccination and What It Teaches, Swan 
Sonnenschein & Co., London, 1898, p. 126. 

11261 “Vaccination by Act of Parliament.” Westminster Review, vol. 131, 1889, p. 101. 

{127} “Observations on Prevailing Diseases,” The London Medical Repository Monthly Journal 
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{128} Thomas Brown, Surgeon Musselburgh, “On the Present State of Vaccination,” The 
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{129} “Observations by Mr. Fosbroke,” The Lancet, vol. II, 1829, p. 583. 

11301 William Cobbett, Advice to Young Men and (Incidentally) to Young Women, London, 
1829, pp. 224-225. 

11311 George Greogory, MD, “Brief Notices of the Variolous Epidemic of 1844,” Royal 
Medical and Chirurgical Society, January 28, 1845, p. 163. 

11321 “Small Pox and Vaccination,” Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle, March 2, 
1850. 

11331 The Morning Chronicle, April 12, 1854. 

{134} Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper, June 10, 1860. 

11351 Glasgow Herald, December 14, 1870. 

{136} The Morning Chronicle, October 23, 1861. 

11371 The Ipswich Journal, November 7, 1876. 

{138} Noel A. Humphries, “English Vaccination and Small-Pox Statistics, with Special 
Reference to the Report of the Royal Commission, and to Recent Small-Pox Epidemics,” 
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, September 1897, p. 545. 

11391 Alexander Wilder, MD, “The Fallacy of Vaccination,” The Metaphysical Magazine, vol. 





















Ill, no. 2, May 1898, p. 88. 


11401 Susan Wade Peabody, “Historical Study of Legislation Regarding Public Health in the 
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{141} Memorial in Relation to the Small Pox, no. 30, City of Boston, 1856, p. 10. 

1142} “Small-Pox and Revaccination,” Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, vol. CIV, no. 6, 
February 10, 1881, p. 137. 

11431 Encyclopaedia Britannica, vol. 24, Philadelphia, 1890, p. 29. 

{144} Thomas Neville Bonner, Medicine in Chicago 1850-1950: A Chapter in the Social and 
Scientific Development of a City, American History Research Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 1957, 

pp. 181-182. 

(1451 Thomas Neville Bonner, Medicine in Chicago 1850-1950: A Chapter in the Social and 
Scientific Development of a Citv, American History Research Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 1957, 

p. 182. 

{146} G. W. Harman, MD, “A Physician’s Argument Against the Efficacy of Virus 
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1, 1900, p. 84. 

11471 Charles Ruata, MD, “Vaccination in Italy,” The New York Medical Journal, July 22, 1899, 
pp.188-189. 

11481 Encyclopedia Britannica, 1888. 

{149} Simon L. Katzoff, MD, “The Compulsory Vaccination Crime,” Machinists ’ Monthly 
Journal, vol. 32, no. 3, March 1920, p. 261. 

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{151} Stanley Williamson, “Anti-Vaccination Leagues,” Archives of Disease in Childhood, vol. 
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{152} Encyclopaedia Britannica, vol. 24, Philadelphia, 1890, p. 26. 

11531 Encyclopaedia Britannica, vol. 24, Philadelphia, 1890, p. 26. 

{154} “Vaccination,” New York Times, September 26, 1869. 

(1551 The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, vol. 41, 1968, p. 10. 

{156} David Koplow, Smallpox: The Right to Eradicate a Global Scourge, University of 
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{157} J. Michael Lane, MD, MPH; Frederick L. Ruben, MD; Elias Abrutyn, MD; and J. Donald 
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Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 212, no. 2, April 20, 1970, p. 444. 

11581 A. Del Campo, “Physiological Changes of the Vaccinated Organism: A Basis for the 
Interpretation of the Clinical Complications Due to Prophylactic Vaccines,” 1967, pp. 280-284. 

11591 V. N. Krishnamurthy, “Effects of Penicillin and Streptomycin on Vaccine Lymph,” BMJ, 
vol. 2, no. 4687, November 4, 1950, pp. 1035-1047. 

11601 M. Beddow Bayly, MRCS, LRCP, “Inoculation Dangers to Travelers,” speech at the 
Caxton Hall Westminster, October 2, 1952. Published by the London and Provincial Anti- 
Vivisection Society. 

{161} Derrick Baxby, “Smallpox Vaccination Techniques 2. Accessories and Aftercare,” 
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{162} Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture, 1915, Washington Government 
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{163} John R. Mohler, VMD, “Foot-and-Mouth Disease,” United States Department oj 
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{164} John R. Mohler, VMD, “Foot-and-Mouth Disease,” United States Department oj 
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{165} John R. Mohler, VMD, “Foot-and-Mouth Disease,” United States Department oj 
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{166} John R. Mohler, VMD, and Milton J. Rosenau, MD, “The Origin of the Recent Outbreak 
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Animal Industry, Circular 147, 1909, p. 11. 

11671 John R. Mohler, VMD, and Milton J. Rosenau, MD, “The Origin of the Recent Outbreak 
of Foot-and-Mouth Disease in the United States,” US Department of Agriculture, Bureau of 
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{168} Frederick F. Cartwright, Disease andHistoiy, Rupert-Hart-Davis, London, 1972, p. 130. 

11691 A. D. Melvin, “Special Report on Diseases of Cattle,” US Department of Agriculture, 
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11701 John T. Bowen, MD, Boston, “Acute Infectious Pemphigus in a Butcher, During an 
Epizotic of Foot and Mouth Disease, with a Consideration of the Possible Relationship of the 
Two Affections,” Journal of Cutaneous Diseases Including Syphilis, vol. XXII, no. 6, June 1904, 
p. 263. 

11711 Farmers’ Bulletin, no. 666, April 22, 1915, United States Department of Agriculture, 

















Washington, DC, p. 15. 


11721 John R. Mohler, VMD, and Milton J. Rosenau, MD, “The Origin of the Recent Outbreak 
of Foot-and-Mouth Disease in the United States,” US Department of Agriculture, Bureau of 
Animal Industry, Circular 147, 1909, p. 28. 

(1731 Ibid., p. 8. 

(1741 Congressional Record, February 25, 1909. 

{175} Transactions of the American Dermatological Association at Its Twenty-Sixth Meeting 
Held in Boston, Massachusetts, September 18-20, 1902, P. F. Pettibone & Co., Chicago, 1903, 
pp. 23, 35. 

(1761 Transactions of the American Dermatological Association at Its Twenty-Sixth Meeting 
Held in Boston, Massachusetts, September 18-20, 1902, P. F. Pettibone & Co., Chicago,1903, 
pp. 24-25. 

(1771 Ibid., p. 36. 

(1781 Transactions of the American Dermatological Association at Its Twenty-Sixth Meeting 
Held in Boston, Massachusetts, September 18-20, 1902, P. F. Pettibone & Co., Chicago, 1903, p. 
39. 

(1791 Ibid., p. 40. 

(1801 Normally, the immune system produces antibodies that attack viruses and harmful 
bacteria. In people with pemphigus, however, the immune system mistakenly attacks the cells in 
the epidermis, or top layer of the skin, and the mucous membranes. Antibodies are produced 
against proteins in the skin known as desmogleins, which when attacked, cause skin to separate 
and fluid to collect between the layers of skin, forming blisters that do not heal. 

{181} John T. Bowen, MD, “Acute Infectious Pemphigus in a Butcher, During an Epizotic of 
Foot and Mouth Disease, with a Consideration of the Possible Relationship of the Two 
Affections,” Journal of Cutaneous Diseases Including Syphilis, vol. XXII, no. 6, June 1904, p. 
254. 

(1821 Ibid., pp. 263-264. 

(1831 “The Relation of Dermatitis Hepertiformis to Erythema Multiforme and to Pemphigus,” 
Transactions of the American Dermatological Association, September 1896, p. 39. 

(1841 Jay Frank Schamberg, MD, Diseases of the Skin and the Eruptive Fevers, W.B. Saunders 
Company, 1908, p. 439. 

(1851 Reynolds Hayden, “Acute Pemphigus Following Vaccination,” United States Naval 
Medical Bulletin, October 1911, pp. 482-485. 
















{186} In 2009, a porcine (pig) virus was discovered in both brands of the infant rotavirus 
vaccine manufactured from monkey-gut viruses. PCV-2 (porcine circovirus 2) came from a 
commonly used protease extracted from pigs, called trypsin. This virus is a known cause of 
wasting-disease and immunosuppression in pigs. 

{187} Stanley Williamson, “Anti-Vaccination Leagues,” Archives of Disease in Childhood, vol. 
59, 1984, p. 1195. 

{188} Alfred Milnes, MA, “Statistics of Small-Pox and Vaccination, with Special Reference to 
Age-Incidence, Sex-Incidence, and Sanitation,” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, 
September 1897, p. 557. 

11891 Stuart M. F. Fraser, “Leicester and Smallpox: The Leicester Method,” Medical History, 
1980, vol. 24, p. 330. 

(1901 Leicester Mercury, July 3, 1884. 

{191} C. Killick Millard, MD, DSc, “The End of Compulsory Vaccination,” British Medical 
Journal, December 18, 1948, p. 1073. 

{192} C. Killick Millard, MD, DSc, “The End of Compulsory Vaccination,” British Medical 
Journal, December 18, 1948, p. 1073. 

{193} Stanley Williamson, “Anti-Vaccination Leagues,” Archives of Disease in Childhood, vol. 
59, 1984, pp. 1195-1196. 

{194} “Anti-Vaccination Demonstration at Leicester,” The Times, March 24, 1885. 

(1951 “Anti-Vaccination Demonstration at Leicester,” The Times, March 24, 1885. 

{196} “A Demonstration Against Vaccination,” Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, April 16, 
1885, p. 380. 

{197} “Anti-Vaccination Demonstration at Leicester,” The Times, March 24, 1885. 

(1981 “Anti-Vaccination Demonstration at Leicester,” The Leeds Mercury, March 24, 1885. 

{199} Stanley Williamson, “Anti-Vaccination Leagues,” Archives of Disease in Childhood, vol. 
59, 1984, p. 1195. 

{200} “Anti-Vaccination Demonstration at Leicester,” The Times, March 24, 1885. 

(2011 J.T. Biggs, Leicester: Sanitation Versus Vaccination, 1912, p. 117. 

(2021 Ibid. 

(2031 J.T. Biggs, Leicester: Sanitation Versus Vaccination, 1912, p.120. 

(2041 Ibid., pp. 125-126. 





















{205} J. W. Hodge, MD, “How Small-Pox Was Banished from Leicester,” Twentieth Century 
Magazine, vol. Ill, no. 16, January 1911, p. 337. 

12061 Ibid. 

12071 “A Demonstration Against Vaccination,” Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, April 16, 
1885, p. 380. 

12081 B. O. Flower, “Fallacious Assumptions Advanced by Advocates of National and State 
Medical Legislation,” Twentieth Century Magazine, vol. IV, no. 24, September 1911, p. 537. 

12091 The Parliamentary Debates, vol. CCCXXVI, June 1, 1888, p. 933. 

{210} “Anti-Vaccination Demonstration at Leicester,” The Times, March 24, 1885. 

12111 J. W. Hodge, MD, “How Small-Pox Was Banished from Leicester,” Twentieth Century 
Magazine, vol. Ill, no. 16, January 1911, p. 340. 

12121 “A Demonstration Against Vaccination,” Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, April 16, 
1885, p. 380. 

12131 “Leicester, and Its Immunity from Small-Pox,” The Lancet, June 5, 1886, p. 1091. 

{214} C. Killick Millard, MD, DSc, “The End of Compulsory Vaccination,” British Medical 
Journal, December 18, 1948, p. 1073. 

{215} William Scott Tebb, MD, A Century of Vaccination and What It Teaches, Swan 
Sonnenschein & Co., London, 1898, pp. 93, 94. 

{216} J. W. Hodge, MD, “Prophylaxis to be Realized Through the Attainment of Health, Not by 
the Propagation of Disease,” The St. Louis Medical and Surgical Journal, vol. LXXXIII, July 
1902, p. 15. 

12171 J. T. Biggs, Leicester: Sanitation Versus Vaccination, 1912, pp. 459-460. 

{218} J. T. Biggs, Leicester: Sanitation Versus Vaccination, 1912, p. 507. 

12191 J. T. Biggs, Leicester: Sanitation Versus Vaccination, 1912, pp. 510-511. 

12201 Ibid., pp. 513. 514. 

12211 J. T. Biggs, Leicester: Sanitation Versus Vaccination, 1912, pp. 406-407. 

{222} “Urges Necessity for Vaccination, Commissioner Goldwater’s Contention Indorsed by 
American Medicine, Canada’s Scourge Warns, England’s Neglect May Result in a Smallpox 
Disaster, Germany Keeps It Down,” New York Times, April 5, 1914. 

12231 Edgar March Crookshank, M.B. Lond. (Honours in Obst.) 1884, M.R.C.S. Eng. 1881 
(King’s Coll.); Exhib. and Gold Medallist in Anat. 1st M.B. Lond. 1879; Fell. King’s Coll.; 





















Mem. Roy. Micros. Soc. and Path. Soc.; Prof, of Comp. Path, and Bacteriol. King’s Coll.; late 
House Surg. King’s Coll. Hosp., and Civil Surg. Med. Staff Egyptian Campaign (Medal and 
Clasp, Tel-el-Kebir, and Khedive’s Star); Director of the Bacteriological Laboratory, King’s 
College, London. 

{224} Edgar March Crookshank, History and Pathology of Vaccination Volume 1: A Critical 
Inquiry. 

{225} C. Killick Millard, MD, DSc, “The End of Compulsory Vaccination,” British Medical 
Journal, December 18, 1948, p. 1074. 

{226} Stuart M. Fraser, “Leicester and Smallpox: The Leicester Method,” Medical History, vol. 
24, 1980, p. 324. 

{227} C. Killick Millard, MD, DSc, “The End of Compulsory Vaccination,” British Medical 
Journal, December 18, 1948, p. 1074. 

(2281 Ibid. 

(2291 Derrick Baxby, “The End of Smallpox,” History Today , March 1999, p. 16. 

{230} Thomas Windley, Leicester and Smallpox: Thirty Years ’ Experience: A Paper Read at the 
Annual Meeting of the Royal Institute of Public Health, Held at Exeter, August 1902. 

{231} J. W. Hodge, MD, “How Small-Pox Was Banished from Leicester,” Twentieth Century 
Magazine, vol. Ill, no. 16, January 1911, p. 342. 

{232} S. Litvinjenko, B. Arsic, and S. Borjanovic, “Epidemiologic Aspects of Smallpox in 
Yugoslavia in 1972,” World Health Organization Report, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, May 10, 1973, 
http://whqlibdoc.who.int/smallpox/WHO_SE_73.57.pdf, accessed June 18, 2013. 

(2331 S. Litvinjenko, B. Arsic, and S. Borjanovic, “Epidemiologic Aspects of Smallpox in 
Yugoslavia in 1972,” World Health Organization Report, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, May 10, 1973, 
http://whqlibdoc.who.int/smallpox/WHO_SE_73.57.pdf, accessed June 18, 2013. 

{234} Noel A. Humphries, “English Vaccination and Small-Pox Statistics, with Special 
Reference to the Report of the Royal Commission, and to Recent Small-Pox Epidemics,” 
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, September 1897, p. 558. 

(2351 “Vaccination Before Prison, Atlanta Woman Submits Rather Than Spend 25 Days in 
Jail,” New York Times, December 18, 1897. 

(2361 “Fighting Smallpox in Boston, 125 Surgeons, Accompanied by Policemen, Vaccinated 
15,000 Persons Yesterday,” New York Times, January 27, 1902. 


(2371 “A Professor Sent to Jail,” New York Times, March 19, 1903. 

{238} “Factory Girl’s Resistance, American Tobacco Company’s Employees’ Fight Against 

















Compulsory Vaccination,” New York Times, April 12, 1901. 


12391 “Miners Resist Vaccination, Sheriff and Party of Officers Aid Physicians in Enforcing the 
Law in South Dakota,” New York Times, April 25, 1902. 

12401 “French Against English, A Riot in Montreal Caused by Compulsory Vaccination,” New 
York Times, September 29, 1885. 

12411 “Teacher Must Be Vaccinated, Court Sustains Philadelphia Board in Suspending Woman 
Who Refused,” New York Times, November 15, 1901. 

12421 “Fights the Vaccination Law, Man Opposes School Regulations for His Children and Gets 
Offers of Aid,” New York Times, April 27, 1902. 

12431 “Fights Vaccination Law, Passaic Health Commissioner Arrested for Refusing to Obey 
It,” New York Times, March 8, 1912. 

12441 “Lose Vaccination Appeal, New Jersey Fathers Were Jailed Under School Law,” New 
York Times, March 28, 1906. 

12451 “Compulsory Vaccination,” The Mississippi Law Review, vol. 1, no. 4, March 1923, p. 79. 

{246} “Won’t Be Vaccinated, 20 Teachers and Hundreds of Pupils Suspended from Paterson 
Schools,” New York Times, March 28, 1906. 

{247} “Murder over Vaccination, Man Kills an Officer and Is Shot, Perhaps Fatally,” New York 
Times, December 24, 1904. 

{248} “Refused Vaccination, Got 15 Years,” New York Times, May 2, 1918. 

12491 Henry E. Sigerist, Civilization and Disease, Cornell University Press, New York, 1943, p. 
104. ' 

12501 Suren H. Babington, MD, “Human Sexual Sterilization: A Contribution to the Study of 
the Problem,” California and Western Medicine, vol. 29, no. 6, 1928, p. 369. 

12511 Henry E. Sigerist, Civilization and Disease, Cornell University Press, New York, 1943, 
pp. 104-105. 

12521 Harold I. Gosline, MD, “The Laboratory Service in State Hospitals for Mental Diseases,” 
The American Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 1, The Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore, 1921-1922, p. 
419. 

{253} Suren H. Babington, MD, “Human Sexual Sterilization: A Contribution to the Study of 
the Problem,” California and Western Medicine, vol. 29, no. 6, 1928, p. 369. 

{254} C. B. Davenport, Eugenics, The Science of Human Improvement by Better Breeding, 
Carnegie Institution of Washington, Director, Department of Experimental Evolution, Cold 
Spring Harbor, New York; Secretary, Committee on Eugenics, American Breeders Association; 


















Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1910, pp. 14-16. 


12551 Harry Hamilton Laughlin, Eugenical Sterilization in the United States, Psychopathic 
Laboratory of the Municipal Court of Chicago, 1922, p. v. 

12561 Henry E. Sigerist, Civilization and Disease, Cornell University Press, New York, 1943, p. 

105. 

12571 Harry Hamilton Laughlin, DSc, Eugenical Sterilization in the United States, Psychopathic 
Laboratory of the Municipal Court of Chicago, December 1922, p. 339. 

12581 Ibid., p. 369. 

{259} Henry E. Sigerist, Civilization and Disease, Cornell University Press, New York, 1943, p. 

106. 

{260} Laughlin, pp. 19-20. 

12611 Harry Hamilton Laughlin, DSc, Eugenical Sterilization in the United States, Psychopathic 
Laboratory of the Municipal Court of Chicago, December 1922, p. 24. 

12621 “Eugenics Congress Opens Here Today, Scientists of Many Nations to Attend Sessions at 
the American Museum, Obsom to Give Address, He Will Discuss ‘Birth Selection Versus Birth 
Control,’ Son of Darwin to Send Message,” New York Times, August 21, 1932. 

{263} Margaret Sanger, “Birth Control and Racial Betterment,” The Birth Control Review, 
February 1919, pp. 11-12. 

{264} Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Harper Collins, New York, 1997, p. 424. 
12651 Ibid. 

{266} Harry Hamilton Laughlin, DSc, Eugenical Sterilization in the United States, Psychopathic 
Laboratory of the Municipal Court of Chicago, December 1922, p. 322. 

{267} Henry E. Sigerist, Civilization and Disease, Cornell University Press, New York, 1943, 
pp. 106-197. 

{268} Ibid., p.104. 

12691 Henry Friedlander, The Origins of Nazi Genocide: From Euthanasia to the Final Solution, 
University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1995, p. 9. 

12701 C. Killick Millard, MD, DSc, “The End of Compulsory Vaccination,” British Medical 
Journal, December 18, 1948, p. 1073. 


12711 “Vaccination Act Sweeping, Includes Parochial as Well as Public Schools, Carmody 
Holds,” New York Times, August 24, 1914. 



















{272} “Little Smith Boy Is Slowly Dying of Blood Poison, Child Suffers Untold Agony as a 
Result of Vaccination,” Newburgh Daily News, March 12, 1915. 


{273} “Little Smith Boy Is Slowly Dying of Blood Poison, Child Suffers Untold Agony as a 
Result of Vaccination,” Newburgh Daily News, March 12, 1915. 

12741 Ibid. 

12751 Ibid. 

{276} Charles M. Higgins, Horrors of Vaccination Exposed and Illustrated, Brooklyn, New 
York, 1920, p. 122. 

{277} “Little Smith Boy Is Slowly Dying of Blood Poison, Child Suffers Untold Agony as a 
Result of Vaccination,” Newburgh Daily News, March 12, 1915. 

12781 Ibid. 

12791 “Little Smith Boy Is Slowly Dying of Blood Poison, Child Suffers Untold Agony as a 
Result of Vaccination ,” Newburgh Daily News, March 12, 1915. 

12801 Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Harper Collins, New York, 1997, p. 411. 

{281} Velv W. Greene, PhD, MPH, “Personal Hygiene and Life Expectancy Improvements 
Since 1850: Historic and Epidemiologic Associations,” American Journal of Infection Control, 
August 2001, p. 205. 

12821 David L. Streiner, Douglas W. MacPherson, and Brian D. Gushulak, PDQ Public Health, 
2010, p. 198. 

12831 Bo Burstrom, MD, PhD; Gloria Macassa, MD; Lisa Oberg, PhD; Eva Bernhardt, PhD; 
and Lars Smedman, MD, PhD, “The Impact of Improved Water and Sanitation on Inequalities in 
Child Mortality in Stockholm, 1878 to 1925,” Public Health Now and Then, vol. 95, no. 2, 
February 2005, p. 209. 

12841 “Sacramento Society for Medical Improvement Regular Meeting,” Occidental Medical 
Times, vol. 12. no. 1, June 21, 1898, p. 376. 

12851 Arthur Charles Cole, The Irrepressible Conflict 1850-1865: A History of American Life 
Volume VII, Macmillan, New York, 1934, pp. 181-182. 

12861 Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Harper Collins, New York, 1997, p. 413. 

{287} Harold Underwood Faulkner, A History of American Life Volume XI—The Quest for 
Social Justice 1898-1914, Macmillan, New York, 1931, p. 239. 


{288} Harold Underwood Faulkner, A History of American Life Volume XI—The Quest for 
Social Justice 1898-1914, Macmillan, 1931, p. 210. 



















{289} John W. Tripe, MD, “The Sanitary Condition and Laws of Medieval and Modern 
London,” Medical Times and Gazette, vol. II, J & A Churchill, London, November 19, 1881, p. 
595. 

12901 Henry E. Sigerist, Civilization and Disease, Cornell University Press, New York, 1943, p. 
27. 

12911 Charles V. Chapin, MD, “End of Filth Theory of Disease,” Popular Science Monthly, 
January 1902, p. 235. 

12921 Thomas Neville Bonner, Medicine in Chicago 1850-1950: A Chapter in the Social and 
Scientific Development of a Citv, American History Research Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 1957, 
p. 179'. 

{293} Bo Burstrom, MD, PhD; Gloria Macassa, MD; Lisa Oberg, PhD; Eva Bernhardt, PhD; 
and Lars Smedman, MD, PhD, “The Impact of Improved Water and Sanitation on Inequalities in 
Child Mortality in Stockholm, 1878 to 1925,” Public Health Now and Then, vol. 95, no. 2, 
February 2005, p. 210. 

{294} Allan Nevins, The Emergence of Modern America 1865-1878: A History of American Life 
Volume VIII, Macmillan, New York, 1927, p. 322. 

12951 Ibid., p. 322. 

12961 Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Harper Collins, New York, 1997, p. 412. 

{297} Thomas Neville Bonner, Medicine in Chicago 1850-1950: A Chapter in the Social and 
Scientific Development of a City, American History Research Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 1957, 
p. 184. 

12981 “Sacramento Society for Medical Improvement Regular Meeting,” Occidental Medical 
Times, vol. 12. no. 1, June 21, 1898, p. 381. 

12991 Bo Burstrom MD, PhD; Gloria Macassa, MD; Lisa Oberg, PhD; Eva Bernhardt, PhD; and 
Lars Smedman, MD, PhD, “The Impact of Improved Water and Sanitation on Inequalities in 
Child Mortality in Stockholm, 1878 to 1925,” Public Health Now and Then, vol. 95, no. 2, 
February 2005, p. 210. 

13001 Richard D. Semba, “Vitamin A as ‘Anti-Infective’ Therapy, 1920-1940,” American 
Society for Nutritional Sciences, 1999, p. 784. 

13011 Thomas Neville Bonner, Medicine in Chicago 1850-1950: A Chapter in the Social and 
Scientific Development of a City, American History Research Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 1957, 
pp.189-190. 


13021 Frederic S. Lee, PhD, Scientific Features of Modern Medicine, Columbia University 
Press, 1911, p. 108. 
















{303} Charles E. Page, MD, “Diphtheria: Is the Prevailing Antitoxin Treatment Only Another 
Medical Delusion?” Medical Brief, A Monthly Journal of Scientific Medicine and Surgery, vol. 
XXXV, 1907, pp. 482-483. 

13041 Oral Hygiene, vol. 1, no. 1, January 1911, pp. 183-184. 

{305} James Gordon Cumming, MD, “Is the Control of Diphtheria Leading to Eradication?” 
Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 78, no. 9, March 4, 1922, p. 632. 

{306} Allan Nevins, The Emergence of Modern America 1865-1878: A History of American Life 
Volume VIII, Macmillan, New York, 1927, p. 324. 

{307} Joan Perkin, “Sewing Machines: Liberation or Drudgery for Women?” History Today, 
vol. 52, December 2002, pp. 39-40. 

{308} “A Disgrace to the City, The Hygienic Condition of the Primary Schools,” New York 
Times, February 7, 1891. 

{309} Thomas Neville Bonner, Medicine in Chicago 1850-1950: A Chapter in the Social and 
Scientific Development of a City, American History Research Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 1957, 
p. 187'. 

13101 Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Harper Collins, New York, 1997, pp. 426- 
427. ~ 

(3111 Velv W. Greene, PhD, MPH, “Personal Hygiene and Life Expectancy Improvements 
Since 1850: Historic and Epidemiologic Associations,” American Journal of Infection Control, 
August 2001, p. 205. 

{312} Lucinda McCray, A Matter of Life and Death: Health, Illness and Medicine in McLean 
County, 1830-1995, McLean County Historical Society, p. 46. 

(3131 Ibid., p. 59. 

(3141 Velv W. Greene, PhD, MPH, “Personal Hygiene and Life Expectancy Improvements 
Since 1850: Historic and Epidemiologic Associations,” American Journal of Infection Control, 
August 2001, pp. 203-204. 

{315} Charles V. Chapin, “Variation in Type of Infectious Disease as Shown by the History of 
Smallpox in the United States,” The Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 13, no. 2, September 
1913, p. 173. 

(3161 Harry Bernhardt Anderson, State Medicine a Menace to Democracy, 1920, p. 84. 

{317} Charles V. Chapin, “Variation in Type of Infectious Disease as Shown by the History of 
Smallpox in the United States,” The Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 13, no. 2, September 
1913, p. 178. 

















(318) Ibid., p. 179. 


(319) John Gerald Fitzgerald, Peter Gillespie, and Harry Mill Lancaster, An Introduction to the 
Practice of Preventive Medicine, C.V. Mosby Company, 1922, p. 197. 

(320) John Price Crozer Griffith, The Diseases of Infants and Children, Volume 1, W.B. 
Saunders Company, 1921, p. 370. 

(321) G. Koehler, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Preventive Medicine, The Year Book 
Publishers, 1921, p. 322. 

(322) George Dock, MD, “Smallpox and Vaccination,” Journal of the Missouri State Medical 
Association, vol. 19, April 1922, p. 168. 

(323) Charles V. Chapin and Joseph Smith, “Permanency of the Mild Type of Smallpox,” 
Journal of Preventive Medicine, 1932. 

(324) Journal of the Royal Sanitary Institute, vol. 66, 1946, p. 176. 

{325} Arthur Allen, Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver, 2007, p. 
69. 

{326} William Osier, MD, “The Relation of Typhoid Mortality and Sewerage,” Maryland 
Medical Journal, vol. XXXVIII, no. 13, January 8, 1898, p. 217. 

{327} Vital Statistics of the United States 1943 Part I, US Bureau of the Census, 1945. 

(328) Dr. Louis Dublin, “Better Economic Conditions Felt in Fewer Deaths,” Berkley Daily 
Gazette, December 27, 1935. 

(329) “2 Inches Taller... 15 Pounds Heavier,” Life, June 2, 1941, p. 71. 

{330} Handbook of Labor Statistics, 1941 Edition, US Department of Labor, pp. 396-397. 

(331) Walter R. Bett, ed., The History and Conquest of Common Disease, University of 
Oklahoma Press, 1954, p. 35. 

(332) Stanford T. Shulman, Alan L. Bisno, Herbert W. Clegg, Michael A. Gerber, Edward L. 
Kaplan, et al., “Clinical Practice Guideline for the Diagnosis 

and Management of Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis,” Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2012, p. 

12 . 

(333) D. L. Miller, R. Alderslade, and E. M. Ross, “Whooping Cough and Whooping Cough 
Vaccine: The Risks and Benefits Debate,” Epidemiologic Reviews, vol. 4, 1982, pp. 2-3. 


(334) Ibid., p. 9. 

{335} Clive E. West, PhD, “Vitamin A and Measles,” Nutrition Reviews, vol. 58, no. 2, February 




















2000, p. S46. 


13361 Walter R. Bett, ed., The History and Conquest of Common Disease, University of 
Oklahoma Press, 1954, p. 24. 

13371 Professor Boris Prokhorov, The Crises of Public Health in Russia in the XX Century, 
Figure 9.9, p. 29. 

(3381 Translated Russian documents in authors’ possession. 

{339} Asa G. Rakhmanova et al., “Diphtheria Outbreak in St. Petersburg: Clinical 
Characteristics of 1,860 Adult Patients,” Scandinavian Journal of In fectious Diseases, no. 28, 
1996, pp. 37-40. 

(3401 F. R. Klenner, “The Treatment of Poliomyelitis and Other Virus Diseases with Vitamin 
C,” Southern Medicine and Surgery, vol. Ill, no. 7, July 1949, pp. 209-214. 

(3411 C. G. King and M. L. Menton, “The Influence of Vitamin C Level upon Resistance to 
Diphtheria Toxin,” The Journal of Nutrition, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 129-140. 

(3421 Henry E. Sigerist, Civilization and Disease, Cornell University Press, New York, 1943, p. 
55. 

(3431 Velv W. Greene, PhD, MPH, “Personal Hygiene and Life Expectancy Improvements 
Since 1850: Historic and Epidemiologic Associations,” American Journal of Infection Control, 
August 2001, p. 204. 

{344} Bo Burstrom, MD, PhD; Gloria Macassa, MD; Lisa Oberg, PhD; Eva Bernhardt, PhD; 
and Lars Smedman, MD, PhD, “The Impact of Improved Water and Sanitation on Inequalities in 
Child Mortality in Stockholm, 1878 to 1925,” Public Health Now and Then, vol. 95, no. 2, 
February 2005, p. 208. 

{345} Bo Burstrom, MD, PhD; Gloria Macassa, MD; Lisa Oberg, PhD; Eva Bernhardt, PhD; 
and Lars Smedman, MD, PhD, “The Impact of Improved Water and Sanitation on Inequalities in 
Child Mortality in Stockholm, 1878 to 1925,” Public Health Now and Then, vol. 95, no. 2, 
February 2005, p. 208. 

{346} Richard D. Semba, “Vitamin A as ‘Anti-Infective’ Therapy, 1920-1940,” The American 
Society for Nutritional Sciences, 1999, pp. 785-786. 

{347} E. Guberan, “Tendances de la mortality en Suisse,” Schweiz Med Wochenschr, vol. 110, 
1980, p. 574. 

{348} Thomas McKeown and R. G. Record, “Reasons for the Decline of Mortality in England 
and Wales During the Nineteenth Century,” Population Studies, vol. 16, no. 2, November 1962, 
p. 115. 

(3491 John Eric Erichsen, “On Hospitalism and the Causes of Death After Operations,” Society 
















of the New York Hospital, March 1898, p. 98. 


13501 John B. McKinlay and Sonja M. McKinlay, “The Questionable Contribution of Medical 
Measures to the Decline of Mortality in the United States in the Twentieth Century,” The 
Milbank Memorial Fund Quarterly, Health and Society, vol. 55, no. 3, summer 1977, p. 425. 

{351} Barbara Star field, MD, MPH, “Is US Health Really the Best in the World?” Journal of the 
American Medical Association, vol. 284, no. 4, July 26, 2000, pp. 483-485. 

{352} Ibid., pp. 483-485. 

13531 Eric T. Harvill, “Cultivating Our ‘Frenemies’: Viewing Immunity as Microbiome 
Management,” Journal of the American Society for Microbiology, vol. 4, no. 2, March 26, 2013, 
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{354} A. Langmuir, The Wyeth Problem: An Epidemiological Analysis of the Occurrence of 
Poliomyelitis in Association with Certain Lots of Wyeth Vaccine, Polio Surveillance Unit, 
Epidemiology Branch, Communicable Disease Center, Department of Health, Education, and 
Welfare, September 6, 1955, p. 19. 

{355} N. Nathanson and A. Langmuir, “The Cutter Incident,” American Journal of Hygiene, 
1963, vol. 78, pp. 29-60. 

{356} J. F. Modlin, “The Bumpy Road to Polio Eradication,” New England Journal of Medicine, 
vol. 362, June 24, 2010, pp. 2346-2349. 

{357} A. Shahzad, “Time for a Worldwide Shift from Oral Polio Vaccine to Inactivated 
Vaccine,” Clinical Infectious Diseases, vol. 49, October 15, 2009, pp. 1287-1288. 

{358} J. V. Neel et ah, “Studies on the Xavante Indians of the Brazilian Mato Grosso,” 
American Journal of Human Genetics, vol. 15, March 1964, pp. 52-140. 

13591 Ibid. 

13601 Ibid. 

{361} J. V. Neel et ah, “Studies on the Xavante Indians of the Brazilian Mato Grosso,” 
American Journal of Human Genetics, vol. 15, March 1964, pp. 52-140. 

{362} A. Sabin, “The Epidemiology of Poliomyelitis: Problems at Home and Among the Armed 
Forces Abroad,” Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 134, June 28, 1947, pp.749- 
756. 

13631 A. Kalokerinos, Shaken Baby Syndrome: An Abusive Diagnosis, April 12, 2008, March 
2012, Copyright 2012, Robert Reisinger Memorial Trust. E-book available on 
beyondconformity.co.nz and vaccinationcouncil.org websites. 

{364} W. Xu, C. F. Liu, L. Yan, J. J. Li, L. J. Wang, et ah, “Distribution of Enteroviruses in 

















Hospitalized Children with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease and Relationship Between Pathogens 
and Nervous System Complications,” Virology Journal, vol. 9, January 9, 2012, p. 8. 

{365} A. F. Braff, D. O. Lynn, and O. A. Wurl, “Fatal Lead Poisoning Simulating 
Poliomyelitis,” US Armed Forces Medical Journal, vol. 3, no. 9, September 1952, pp. 1353— 
1357. 

13661 H. Ratner et ah, “The Present Status of Polio Vaccines,” Illinois Medical Journal, vol. 
118, nos. 2, 3, pp. 84-93,160-68. Edited from a transcript of a panel discussion presented before 
the Section on Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the 120th annual meeting of the Illinois 
State Medical Society in Chicago, May 26, 1969. 

13671 H. Ratner et ah, “The Present Status of Polio Vaccines,” Illinois Medical Journal, vol. 
118, nos. 2, 3, pp. 84-93,160-68. Edited from a transcript of a panel discussion presented before 
the Section on Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the 120th annual meeting of the Illinois 
State Medical Society in Chicago, May 26, 1969. 

13681 G. C. Brown, “Laboratory Data on the Detroit Poliomyelitis Epidemic 1958,” Journal oj 
the American Medical Association, vol. 172, February 20, 1960, pp. 807-812. 

13691 Goldman et ah, “What Was the Cause of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Paralytic Illness?” 
Journal of Medical Biography, vol. 11, 2003, pp. 233-240. 

13701 Edwin H. Lennette, “Pioneer of Diagnostic Virology with the California Department of 
Public Health,” an oral history conducted in 1982, 1983, and 1986 by Sally Hughes, Regional 
Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1988. 

{371} J. R. Paul, A History of Poliomyelitis, Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut, 
1971, pp. 335-339. 

{372} Victor Cohn, Sister Kenny: The Woman Who Challenged the Doctors, University of 
Minnesota Press, 1975, p. 5. With reference to interview with Dr. John Pohl. 

{373} D. Y. Solandt et al., “The Effect of Skeletal Fixation on Skeletal Muscle,” Journal oj 
Neurophysiology, vol. 6, January 1, 1943, pp. 17-22. 

{374} S. Mead, “A Century of the Abuse of Rest,” Journal of the American Medical 
Association, vol. 182, October 1962, pp. 344-345. 

{375} Referencing the situation in Nigeria, www.gettyimages.co.nz/detail/news-photo/child- 
cries-as-his-polio-strickened-legs-are-placed-in-news-photo/52622460. Similar images can be 
seen in Gaza. 

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13841 Ibid. 

13851 Fred R. Klenner, MD, “The Treatment of Poliomyelitis and Other Virus Diseases with 
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14241 Ibid. 

{425} Victor Cohn, Sister Kenny: The Woman Who Challenged the Doctors, University of 
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{429} Opening brief of Defendant and Appellant Cutter Laboratories Gottsdanker v. Cutter 
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(440) Paul Offit, MD, The Cutter Incident, Yale University Press, 2005, p. 89. 


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(446) “Minimum Requirements,” 1st revision, US Department of Health, Education, and 
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(447) Neal Nathanson, Mosley vs. Health and Human Services, Declaration, p. 8. 

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16751 S. A. Silfverdal et al., “Breast-Feeding and a Subsequent Diagnosis of Measles,” Acta 
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16761 Ibid. 

{677} Ohsaki et al., “Reduced Passive Measles Immunity in Infants of Mothers Who Have Not 
Been Exposed to Measles Outbreaks,” Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 31, pp. 
17-19. 


16781 Kim et al., “Insights into the Regulatory Mechanism Controlling the Inhibition of 
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pp. 6143-6151. 

{679} D. Stephens et al., “Subclinical Vitamin A Deficiency: A Potentially Unrecognized 
Problem in the United States,” Pediatric Nursing Journal, 

vol. 22, no. 5, September-October 1996, pp. 377-389. 

16801 E. Mayo-Wilson, A. Imdad, K. Herzer, M. Y. Yakoob, and Z. A. Bhutta, “Vitamin A 
Supplements for Preventing Mortality, Illness, and Blindness in Children Aged Under 5: 
Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” British Medical Journal, August 25, 2011. 

{681} D. N. McMurray, “Cell-Mediated Immunity in Nutritional Deficiency,” Progress in Food 
& Nutrition Science, 1984, p. 193. 

{682} H. C. Whittle, J. Dossetor, A. D. M. Brysceson, and B. M. Greeenwood, “Cell-Mediated 
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p. 684. 


16831 Paul D. Hoeprich, Infectious Diseases: A Modern Treatise of Infectious Processes, Harper 
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{684} “Vitamin A Is Found to Attack Disease,” New York Times, September 9, 1936. 


16851 Adrianne Bendich, “Vitamins and Immunity,” Journal of Nutrition, vol. 122, no. 3, March 
1, 1992, p. 603. 

16861 D. Stephens et ah, “Subclinical Vitamin A Deficiency: A Potentially Unrecognized 
Problem in the United States,” Pediatric Nursing Journal, 

vol. 22, no. 5, September-October 1996, pp. 377-389. 

{687} David C. Morley, “Measles in the Developing World,” Proceedings Royal Society oj 
Medicine, vol. 67, November 1974, p. 1114. 

{688} A. Foster and A. Sommer, “Corneal Ulceration, Measles and Childhood Blindness in 
Tanzania,” British Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 71, 1987, pp. 331-343. 

{689} Wafaie W. Fawzi, MD; Thomas C. Chalmers, MD; M. Guillermo Herrera, MD; and 
Frederick Mosteller, PhD, “Vitamin A Supplementation and Child Mortality: A Meta-Analysis,” 
Journal of the American Medical Association, February 17, 1993, p. 901. 

16901 Prakash Shetty, Nutrition Immunity & Infection, 2010, p. 82. 

{691} Antonio C. Arrieta, MD; Margaret Zaleska, RN; Harris R. Stutman, MD; and Melvin I. 
Marks, MD, “Vitamin A Levels in Children with Measles in Long Beach, California,” The 
Journal of Pediatrics, July 1992, p.75. 

16921 Clive E. West, PhD, DSc, “Vitamin A and Measles,” Nutrition Reviews, vol. 58, no. 2, p. 
S47. 

16931 S. Songiil Yal^in, MD, and Kadriye Yurdakok, MD, “Sex-Specific Differences in Serum 
Vitamin A Values After Measles Immunization,” The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 
1999, p. 747. 

{694} Kenneth Sim and Timonthy W. Evans, “Lessons from Measles Vaccination in Developing 
Countries,” British Medical Journal, vol. 307, November 1993, pp. 1205. 

{695} N. P. Thompson, S. M. Montgomery, R. E. Pounder, and A. J. Wakefield, “Is Measles 
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1073. 

16961 M. Joffe et al., “Lymphocyte Subsets in Measles: Depressed Helper/Inducer 
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Journal of Clinical Investigation, vol. 72, no. 3, May 1983, pp. 971-980. 

{697} Fred R. Klenner, MD, “The Treatment of Poliomyelitis and Other Virus Diseases with 
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{698} J. C. Butler et al., “Measles Severity and Serum Retinol (Vitamin A) Concentration 

















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16991 M. A. Beck and O. A. Levander, “Host Nutritional Status and Its Effect on a Viral 
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17001 Yilmaz et ah, “Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis: Is There Something Different in the 
Younger Children?” Brain & Development, vol. 28, no. 10, November 2006, pp. 649-52. 

17011 Ibid. 

{702} P. Ip et al., “Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis in Children: Prevalence in South 
China,” Pediatric Neurology, vol. 31, no. 1, July 2004, pp. 46-51. 

{703} P. R. Dyken, S. C. Cunningham, and L. C. Ward, “Changing Character of Subacute 
Sclerosing Panencephalitis in the United States,” Pediatric Neurology, vol. 5 no. 6, November- 
December 1989, pp. 339-341. 

17041 A. Bitnun et al., “Measles Inclusion-Body Encephalitis Caused by the Vaccine Strain of 
Measles Virus,” Clinical Infectious Diseases, vol. 29, no. 4, October 1999, pp. 855-861. 

17051 Large amounts of protein lost into the urine from the blood characterized by proteinuria, 
hypoalbuminemia, hyperlipidemia, and edema. 

17061 C. von Pirquet, “Das verhalten der kutanen Tuberculin Reaktion wahrend Masern,” 
Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrilt, vol. 34, 1908, p. 1297. 

17071 R. W. Blumberg and H. A. Cassady, “Effect of Measles on the Nephrotic 
Syndrome,' "Archives of Disease in Childhood, vol. 73, no. 2, February 1947, pp. 151-166. 

17081 G. Oberg, “Effect of Measles on the Nephrotic Syndrome,” UpsalaLakareforen Forh, vol. 
15, no. 54(1-2), March 1949, pp. 85-89. 

17091 D. Gairdner, “A Notable Case of Nephrosis,” Archives of Disease in Childhood, vol. 53, 
no. 5, May 1978, pp. 63-365. 

17101 Ibid. 

{711} D. Gairdner, “A Notable Case of Nephrosis,” Archives of Disease in Childhood, vol. 53, 
no. 5, May 1978, pp.63-365. 

{712} A. Langmuir, “The Importance of Measles as a Health Problem,” American Journal oj 
Public Health, vol. 52, no. 2, 1962, pp. 1-4. 

17131 Ibid. 

17141 Krahling and Wlochowski v. Merck & Co., Inc., civil action # 10-4374(CDJ), complaint 
for the violations of the federal false claims act, United States District Court for the Eastern 
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(715) Ibid. 


(716) R. Harling et al., “The Effectiveness of the Mumps Component of the MMR Vaccine: A 
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(717) Henry E. Sigerist, Civilization and Disease, Cornell University Press, New York, 1943, 
pp. 8-9, 55. 


(718) “Scanty Sustenance,” The American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge, 
vol. II, Boston, 1836, p. 348. 

(719) Sir John McNeil, GCB, Report of the Board of Supervision on the Western Highlands and 
Islands, 1850, p. 50. 

(720) “The State of Ireland,” The Spectator, vol. 19, 1846, pp. 174-175. 

{721} Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Harper Collins, New York, 1997, p. 398. 

(722) A. Nicholson, Annals of the Famine in Ireland in 1847, 1848, and 1849, New York, 1851, 
p. 90. 

(723 ) “The Famine in Russia, Red Cross Funds Have Run Low and Peasants Are Dying,” New 
York Times, March 24, 1899. 

(724) Harold Henry Fisher, The Famine in Soviet Russia, 1919-1923: The Operations of the 
American Relief Administration, 1927, p. 300. 

(725) “Great Hosts Perish in Wake of War, Hundreds of Thousands of People Said to Have 
Died of Hunger and Disease, Talk of Cannibalism,” New York Times, December 16, 1919. 

(726) Second Annual Report of the Board of Health of the District of Columbia, 1873, p. 121. 

{727} Nicolai Shiffkoff, “In the Valley of the Shadow,” The Friend—A Religious and Literary 
Journal, vol. LXXX, Philadelphia, 1907, p. 244. 

{728} K. D. Sagun, J. M. Carcamo, and D. W. Golde, “Vitamin C Enters Mitochondria via 
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Oxidative Injury,” The FASEB Journal, vol. 19, no. 12, October 2005, pp. 1657-1667. 

(729) C. S. Johnston and C. Corte, “Tissue Carnitine Fluxes in Vitamin C Depleted-Repleted 
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699. 

{730} S. Sharma and S. M. Black, “Carnitine Homeostasis, Mitochondrial Function, and 
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(731) William A. Guy, “Lectures on Public Health, Addressed to the Students of the 
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283. 


17321 Kenneth Carpenter, The History of Scurvy and Vitamin C, 1986, p. 112. 

{733} Report of the Unveiling and Dedication of Indiana Monument at Andersonville, Georgia 
(National Cemetery), Thursday, November 26, 1908, pp. 73-102. 

{734} “Scurvy in Pottsville,” New York Times, June 25, 1882. 

17351 C. Marsh Beadnell, RN, “On the Decline of Scurvy,” Guy’s Hospital Gazette, 1899, p. 
349. 

1736} Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Harper Collins, New York, 1997, p. 401. 
{737} “Infantile Scurvy,” New Albany Medical Herald, 1907, p. 240. 

1738} P. Shanna et ah, “Ascorbate-Mediated Enhancement of Reactive Oxygen Species 
Generation from Polymorphonuclear Leukocytes: Modulatory Effect of Nitric Oxide,” Journal 
of Leukocyte Biology, vol. 75, June 2004, pp. 1075-1076. 

{739} Fred R. Klenner, MD, “The Treatment of Poliomyelitis and Other Virus Diseases with 
Vitamin C,” Southern Medicine & Surgery, July 1949. 

{740} Fred R. Klenner, MD, “The Use of Vitamin C as an Antibiotic,” Journal of Applied 
Nutrition, 1953. 

1741} Ibid. 

1742} Fred R. Klenner, MD, “The Use of Vitamin C as an Antibiotic,” Journal of Applied 
Nutrition, 1953. 

1743} W. J. McCormick, MD, “Ascorbic Acid as a Chemotherapeutic Agent,” Archives oj 
Pediatrics, vol. 69, no. 4, April 1952. 

1744} C. Vilcheze, T. Hartman, B. Weinrick, and W. R. Jacobs Jr., “Mycobacterium 
Tuberculosis Is Extraordinarily Sensitive to Killing by a Vitamin C-Induced Fenton Reaction,” 
Nature Communications, vol.4, no. 1881, May 2013, pp. 1-10. 

{745} Claus W. Jungleblut, “Further Observations of Vitamin C Therapy in Experimental 
Poliomyelitis,” Journal of Experimental Medicine, September 1937, pp. 470-471. 

{746} T. Otani, “Concerning the Vitamin C Therapy of Whooping Cough,” Klinische 
Wochenschrift, vol. 15, no. 51, December 1936, pp. 1884-1885. 

{747} E. L. Vermillion et ah, “A Preliminary Report on the Use of Cevitamic Acid in the 
Treatment of Whooping Cough,” Journal of the Kansas Medical Society, vol. XXXIX, no. 11, 
November 1938, pp. 469, 479. 

1748} M. J. Ormerod et ah, “Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) Treatment of Whooping Cough,” 



















Canadian Medical Association Journal, vol. 36, no. 2, August 1937, pp. 134-136. 

17491 T. Sessa, “Vitamin Therapy of Whooping Cough,” Riforma Medica, vol. 56, 1940, p. 38. 

{750} K. Meier, “Vitamin C Treatment of Pertussis,” Ann Pediatr (Paris), vol. 164, 1945, p. 50. 

17511 Patrick H. Warnke et ah, “The Battle Against Multi-Resistant Strains: Renaissance of 
Antimicrobial Essential Oils as a Promising Force to Fight Hospital-Acquired Infections,” 
Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, vol. 37, no. 1, October 2007. 

{752} T. D. Atkins, MRCS (Royal College of Surgeons), “Treatment of Cholera—To the Editor 
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{753} Cornelius E. Billington, MD, Diphtheria: Its Nature and Treatment, William Wood and 
Company, New York, 1889, p. 183. 

{754} “Cinnamon as an Internal Antiseptic,” Cincinnati Lancet-Clinic, July 1, 1899, p. 352. 

17551 “Cinnamon Oil in the Treatment of Influenza,” The Kansas City Medical Index-Lancet, 
vol. XXVIII, no. 1, January 1907, p. 92. 

17561 T. Shadick Higgins, MD, “The Prevention of Measles Mortality,” Maternity and Child 
Welfare, vol. 1, no. 2, February 1917, p 7. 

17571 “Cinnamon Stops Measles,” New York Times, August 12, 1917. 

{758} “Cinnamon as a Preventive of Measles,” American Druggist Pharmaceutical Record, 
New York, November 1919, p. 47. 

{759} “Vegetables’ Medicines,” The Small Farmer, September 1903, p. 179. 

17601 “Garlic in Pulmonary Tuberculosis,” Merck’s Archives of Materia Medica and Drug 
Therapy, vol. Ill, 1901, p. 357. 

17611 “Garlic for Consumption,” Otago Witness, no. 2530, September 10, 1902, p. 64. 

{762} “Garlic,” The Medical Council, vol. IX, 1904, p. 420. 

17631 “The Therapeutic Uses of Garlic,” Medical Record—A Weekly Journal of Medicine and 
Surgery, September 1, 1917, p. 376. 

17641 Shyh-ming Tsao, Cheng-chin Hsu, and Mei-chin Yin, “Garlic Extract and Two Diallyl 
Sulphides Inhibit Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection in BALB/Ca Mice,” 
Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, October 2003, p. 979. 

{765} “Echinacea in Smallpox,” The Medical Summary, 1901, p. 303. 

17661 A. B. Mathews, MD, “Echinacea—Some of Its Uses in Modern Surgery,” Transaction oj 
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(7671 “Value of Echinacea,” The Medical Bulletin: A Monthly Journal of Medicine and Surgery, 
vol. 27, 1905, pp. 177-178. 


{768} “A Cure for Typhus Fever—Gen. Rivera Has Saved Thousands of Lives by the Use of 
Jicama Root,” New York Times, May 15, 1893. 

{769} “Vegetable Juice a New Consumption Remedy, Tried with Success at Post-Graduate 
Hospital, 11 Believed to be Cured,” New York Times, August 25, 1905. 

{770} John F. Russell, MD, Report of Fifty-Five Apparent Cures of Pulmonary Tuberculosis 
Occurring in Working People Who Were Treated at a Dispensary Without Interruption to Their 
Work, New York, February 1906, p. 9. 

(7711 Adrianne Bendich, “{S-Carotcnc and the Immune Response,” Proceedings of the Nutrition 
Society, 1991, p. 263. 

(7721 “Acetic Acid in Scarlet Fever,” American Homoeopathist—A Monthly Journal of Medical 
Surgical and Sanitary Science, vol. 1, no. 1, July 1877, p. 73. 

(7731 “Vinegar to Prevent Smallpox,” The Critique, January 15, 1899, p. 289. 

{774} Cleveland Journal of Medicine, vol. VI, no. 1, 1901, p. 58. 

(7751 G. W. Harvey, MD, “Vaccination,” Transactions of the National Eclectic Medical 
Association of the United States of America, vol. 30, 1902, p. x. 

(7761 “Cod-Liver Oil in Convalescence from Acute Lung Diseases,” Annals of Gynecology and 
Pediatry, vol. 21, 1909, p. 24. 

(7771 Maurice Fishberg, MD, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Lea & Febiger, Philadelphia and New 
York, 1919 , p. 632. 

(7781 Richard D. Semba, “Vitamin A as ‘Anti-Infective’ Therapy, 1920-1940,” American 
Society for Nutritional Sciences, 1999, p. 786. 

(7791 A. Dworetzky, MD, “Some Further Experiences with Soluble Silver,” New England 
Medical Monthly, vol. XXI, no. 1, January 1902, p. 202. 

(7801 W. L. Martin, “Susquehanna,” The Supplement to the United States Naval Medical 
Bulletin, no. 10, July 1919, p. 77. 

(7811 “Vaccination,” Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Henry G. Allen Company, New York, vol. 
XXIV, 1890, pp. 23-30. 

(7821 Encyclopedia Britannica, The Saalfield Publishing Company, Akron, Ohio, 1903, pp. 
6119-6121. 


(7831 “Vaccine Therapy,” Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Encyclopaedia Britannica Company, 
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(784) Ibid. 


(785 ) House of Representatives, 1912, Appendices to Parliamentary Journals, Session 2 V. iv. 
Page 108 of the Director General of Health’s report. 

(786) Consumer Safety Act of 1972, Hearings before the subcommittee on executive 
reorganization and government research, 92nd congress, second session, S. 3419, April 20, 23, 
and May 3, 4, pp. 346-348, 435. 

{787} H. J. Parish, “Charles Cyril Okell Journal Hygiene, May 1939, vol. XXXIX, no. 3, pp. 
217-224. 

{788} Charles Cyril Okell, “From a Bacteriological Back-Number,” The Lancet, January 1, 
1938, pp. 48-49. 

{789} Ralph R. Scobey, MD, “The Poison Cause of Poliomyelitis and Obstructions to Its 
Investigation,” Arch Pediatr, April 1952, pp. 172-93. 

{790} Paul A. Offit, MD, Deadly Choices—How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All, 
2011, pp. 106, 125. 

{791} Saad B. Omer et ah, “Vaccination Refusal Endangers Public Health,” Epidemics, 2011, p. 
171. 

{792} R. P. Garrow, “Fatality Rates of Small-Pox in the Vaccinated and Unvaccinated,” British 
Medical Journal, January 14, 1928, p. 74. 

{793} Charles Cyril Okell, “From a Bacteriological Back-Number,” The Lancet, January 1, 
1938, pp. 48-49. 

{794} Paul A. Offit, MD, Deadly Choices—How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All, 
2011, p. xii. 

{795} Vital Statistics of the United States 1937 Part I, US Bureau of the Census, 1939, pp. 11- 
12; 1938 Part I, US Bureau of the Census, 1940, p. 12; 1943 Part I, US Bureau of the Census, 
1945; 1944 Part I, US Bureau of the Census, 1946, p. XXII-XXIII; 1949 Part I, US Public 
Health Service, 1951, p. XLIV; US Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 
2003; www.census.gov/statab/hist/HS-01 .pdf. 

(796) T. M. Pollock, E. Miller, and J. Lobb, “Severity of Whooping Cough in England Before 
and After the Decline in Pertussis Immunization,” Archives of Disease in Childhood, vol. 59, 
1984, p. 162. 

{797} Paul A. Offit, MD, Deadly Choices—How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All, 

2011, p. 16. 


{798} Record of Mortality in England and Wales for 95 years as provided by the office of 
National Statistics, 1997; Health Protection Agency Table: Notification of Deaths, England and 

















Wales, 1970-2008. 


17991 Sister Jeffrey Engelhardt; Neal A. Halsey, MD; Donald L. Eddins; and Alan R. Hinman, 
MD, “Measles Mortality in the United States 1971-1975,” American Journal of Public Health, 
vol. 70, no. 11, November 1980,pp. 1166-1169. 

{800} Sandra W. Roush, MT, MPH; Trudy V. Murphy, MD; and the Vaccine-Preventable 
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{801} U. Friedemann, “Epidemiology of Children’s Infectious Diseases,” The Lancet, vol. 2, 
August 1928, pp. 211-217. 

{802} Gaylord W. Anderson, “Scarlet Fever Immuni z ation with Formalinized Toxin: A 
Preliminary Report American Journal of Public Health, vol. 28, no. 2, February 1938, pp. 123— 
136. 

18031 M. Schaeffer and J. Toomey, “Immunization Against Scarlet Fever with Tannic Acid- 
Precipitated Erythrogenic Toxin,” Pediatrics, vol. 1, 1948, pp. 188-194. 

18041 F. F. Ayvazian and T. F. Badger, “Disseminated Fupus Arythematosus Occurring Among 
Student Nurses,” The New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 239, no. 16, October 1948, pp. 
565-570. 

{805} “Parent’s Guide to Childhood Immunizations,” US Department of Health and Human 
Services, 1994. 

{806} Irwin W. Sherman, Twelve Diseases That Changed Our World, 2007, p. 66. 

18071 Walter F. Willcox, “Decrease in the Death Rate,” Introduction to the Vital Statistics of the 
United States, 1900 to 1930, p. 20. 

18081 Seth Mnookin, The Panic Virus, Simon & Schuster, 2011, p. 18.